§ 66. Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science which local authorities have been providing free refreshments to children over seven years of age in order to surmount her prohibition of free school milk; and what action she has taken, or proposes to take, towards these authorities.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
My right hon. Friend has not collected any information about authorities which are providing mid-morning refreshment for pupils who lost their entitlement to free school milk under the Education (Milk) Act. Authorities have recently been told that any such refreshment may not be provided free of charge.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The Regulation provides that local education authorities should make such charges as they consider appropriate and I have no plans at present to amend it.