§ 51. Mr. James Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total cost of supplying school milk at present to primary children; what it will cost after the Government's decision is implemented; what is the estimated cost of administration of the exemption for school milk payments; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Edward Taylor
About £1,960,000 at present, and about £700,000 in a full year when our decision has been implemented. The pupils for whom education authorities will have a duty to provide milk will get it free, and no question of exemption from payment arises.
§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what represen- 322W tations he has received on the abolition of free school milk to pupils over the age of seven years in the last four months; and what replies he has sent.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
Since mid-November I have received representations from 12 bodies or individuals of which several have been supported by one or more hon. Members. My replies have explained the reasons for the Government's policy.
§ Mr. James Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the nature of his circular to local authorities asking them for their observations about the sale of milk in schools; what replies he has received; and if he will make a statement.