§ Mr. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many school kitchens have been closed, or are about 125W to be closed, as a result of the recent circular on the school meals service; what is the estimated total saving to date; what is to be the future use of such kitchens; and who is to pay for their maintenance.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
As a result of visits by officers of my Department to 24 education areas, it has been agreed to put 13 kitchens on a care and maintenance basis until an increase in the demand for school meals justifies re-opening. The cost of maintenance will be recognised for school meals grant from the Education (Scotland) Fund at the rate of 100 per cent. I am not yet able to give an estimate of the saving resulting from these measures.