§ Mr. Longden
asked the Minister of Food from what towns in the West Midlands, including Birmingham, school milk is being diverted during the current weeks of mid-term school holidays; to what districts the milk is being sent; what quantities are involved; and on whose authority this is being done.
§ Sir B. Smith
Owing to a shortage of milk in the West Midlands, milk not required for schools during the present holidays has been used to supplement the supplies for domestic consumers and establishments to enable their authorised requirements to be met. The withdrawal of school milk mainly affected Birmingham, where the school requirements are approximately 33,000 gallons weekly. The arrangements were made by the Ministry's Regional Milk Supply officer to secure more equitable distribution of the available supplies.