§ Mr. MONTAGUE
asked the Minister of Health the terms of the recent circular to local authorities intimating a maximum expenditure which would be recognised for grant-in-aid of the supply of milk for expectant and nursing mothers and children; to which authorities the circular was sent; and the estimated saving to the Treasury?
No such circular has been issued, but in the letters which were sent to some local authorities last March informing them of the maximum expenditure for maternity and child welfare work during the current financial year which could be recognised for grant, certain suggestions as to procedure were made with a view to enabling the authorities to keep their expenditure on milk within the amounts approved for grant. This letter was sent only to the authorities whose estimated expenditure on milk exceeded £100, and, moreover, was not addressed to those whose districts are situated in distressed mining areas in Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and South Wales. The total estimated saving in grant is about £12,000.