HC Deb 10 April 1946 vol 421 cc311-2W
50 and 51. Sir G. Fox

asked the Minister of Food (1) what arrangements are made by his Department for starting a school canteen; and why similar arrangements have not been made for the opening of the canteen at St. Peter's Training College, Peterborough;

(2) if he is aware that the 15 residential tutors and 172 resident students of St. Peter's Training College, Peterborough, will not be able to buy a cup of tea and other rationed foods at the canteen, as his Department will only allow a canteen for the five non-resident tutors and 28 non-resident students; and how this ruling compares with the practice of the colleges at Cambridge and Oxford.

Sir B. Smith:

Under arrangements made between my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education and myself, catering licences for the provision of school meals are granted, on application by the local education or other school authority, to schools which have suitable facilities. Residential colleges are licensed as institutions and receive supplies of rationed foods on the ordinary domestic scale. Additional supplies of such foods are allowed on the catering establishment scale for meals served to non-residents. These arrangements apply in the case of the college mentioned by the hon. Member in common with all other residential institutions, including the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. The college authorities are at liberty to use pad of their rationed food supplies for canteen purposes for resident students, but I am not prepared to make additional supplies available for this purpose.