§ Mr. Hastings
asked the Minister of Education how the proposed reduction in the cost of school meals will be carried out; what reduction will be made in the cost of meals per child affected per year; and what effect this will have on the health of schoolchildren.
§ Mr. Hardman
No measure for reducing the cost of school meals is proposed other than the increase in the charge for dinners to 7d., which came into operation last April. Local education authorities co-operate closely with my Department in keeping costs as low as is230W compatible with efficiency and the maintenance of the quality of the meals.