HC Deb 03 December 1936 vol 318 cc1459-60W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he can state the total money cost to local authorities, within distressed and Special Areas of the country, for the provision of meals and other nourishment to schoolchildren during each of the last four years?

five years 1932 to 1936 is classified as follows:


The following table gives the net expenditure on the provision of meals, milk, and other supplementary nourishment during the years in question of all the local education authorities in England and Wales whose areas are wholly or partly Special Areas as defined in the First Schedule to the Special Areas (Development and Improvement) Act, 1934. Fifty per cent. of this expenditure is met by grants from the Board of Education.

Net Expenditure.
Year. £
1932–33 98,619
1933–34 115,040
1934–35 117,572
1935–36 116,004

The slight decline in the expenditure during the financial year 1935–36 is due to the reduction in the price of milk under the Milk in Schools Scheme, which came into operation on 1st October, 1934. The number of children receiving free meals or milk was greater in 1935–36 than in 1934–35. The figures are confined to the Special Areas, as there is no precise definition of distressed areas as distinct from Special Areas.