§ 42. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Education if he will give statistical information respecting health, height and weight of the average primary school child in comparison with similar children in 1939; and to what extent school attendance per child has increased.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
I give below a comparison of the assessments of nutrition in
SUMMARY OF THE ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN SEEN IN ROUTINE MEDICAL INSPECTION IN ENGLAND AND WALES IN 1939 AND 1946. Year. Number Examined. Percentages. A. (excellent nutrition). B. (normal nutrition). C. (slightly sub-normal nutrition). D. (bad nutrition). 1939 (only first two terms) … 1,098,367 14.7 73.8 11.0 0.5 1946 … … 1,563,015 16.8 75.1 7.9 0.2 NOTE. (1) The figures for 1939 relate to elementary school children and those for 1946 to children attending maintained primary and secondary schools. (2) Further information on the nutrition of school children is to be found in Chapter 1 of the Report of the Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Education for the Years 1939–45.