HC Deb 18 November 1937 vol 329 cc595-6W
Mr. G. Griffiths

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he will give detailed information of the results of his Department's investigation into the extent to which canteens in public elementary schools have been provided, distinguishing between the numbers provided in central and senior schools in extension of his reply on 26th July, 1937, stating also which local education authorities provide canteens, the type of service and meals provided, and the cost?

Mr. Lindsay

I am sending the hon. Member a list of the local education authorities in whose areas some provision is made for school canteens as distinct from feeding centres. Apart from the fact that in London provision is made for school canteens in selective central schools but not in ordinary public elementary schools, no information is available as to the extent to which such provision is made in central and senior schools as distinct from other public elementary schools. The meals provided at the centeens are in all cases dinners, and the charge made to the children is usually from 2½d. to 4d. a meal, or from 1s. to 1s. 6d. a week for five meals.