HC Deb 15 December 1947 vol 445 cc299-300W
145. Mrs. Mann

asked the Minister of Education if he will consider giving school children a hot drink, such as cocoa, during the three coldest months, instead of milk; and thereby free this priority for distribution amongst some urgent, but non-priority consumers.

Mr. Tomlinson

Cocoa or any other drink made without milk would not give children anything like the nourishment they receive from school milk. The three coldest months are the period when school milk is more important to the children than at any other period, and the Government are not prepared to deprive the children of this food for non-priority consumers.

146. Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Education if he will authorise parents to collect from the schools during the school holidays the milk to which their children are entitled, so as to make it unnecessary for all the children of any one family to make special journeys to the school for this sole purpose in all kinds of weather.

Mr. Tomlinson

It has always been a condition of the milk in schools scheme that, save for children absent sick, the milk should be drunk at a school or centre in order to ensure that it reaches the children and I cannot agree to relax this condition, especially in this time of hardship for the ordinary consumer.