§ Mr. Sorensen
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that some rural schools are either not receiving milk for schoolchildren or only a partial supply; whether he is also aware that small country dairymen contend that they cannot supply this milk on a financially satisfactory basis; and whether he will take any further action to guarantee an adequate supply to all children in rural schools?
§ Mr. Ramsbotham
I am aware that difficulties have arisen in regard to the supply of milk in both rural and urban schools during the past few months and that country dairymen as well as others have been dissatisfied with the financial arrangements. The dairymen's participation in the scheme is voluntary, but I feel confident that in view of the increase in the margin allowed for distribution announced in the Board's Circular 1548, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy, the dairymen will do their utmost to ensure that schools in rural areas obtain the milk they require.