HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc214-5W
139. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Education if she will make a statement on the distribution of milk at schools during school holidays; and, in places where this has proved impracticable, what progress has been made in providing alternative." centres of distribution.

140. Mr. Nield

asked the Minister of Education what arrangements are made for the provision of milk to schoolchildren during the holidays.

Mr. Hardman

Local education authorities have power, but no statutory obligation, to arrange for children to attend schools or other places approved by them, to drink milk during the holidays. Such arrangements have been made at one or more schools in their areas by 43 authorities out of 146. As there is apt to be an irregular or dwindling attendance, which causes waste of milk, these arrangements are practicable only in favourable circumstances and while milk supplies are restricted I cannot justifiably encourage authorities in all areas to extend their arrangements.