§ 100. Lieut.-Colonel Corbett
asked the Minister of Education if she will give figures to show the amount of school milk which is thrown away because children are absent or dislike milk or for any other 79W reason; and what steps she is taking to stop this wastage.
§ Mr. Hardman
I have not received evidence that any such waste is occurring but immediate inquiries will be made into any case where sufficient particulars are submitted. School milk should not be ordered for children who are absent or who do not regularly drink it, but if occasionally a small surplus occurs it should be given to children who want it; in no circumstances should it be necessary for milk to be thrown away. I am sending the hon. and gallant Member a copy of Circular 119 of the 22nd July, 1946, in which detailed and emphatic instructions were given for preventing waste.