§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if it is his policy for local authorities to make a charge for meals for children in day nurseries; and, if it is, whether this applies to those children whose parents are on supplementary benefit.
§ Dr. Owen
It is for local authorities, who are empowered by the National Health Services Act 1946 (as amended) to make charges to users of day nurseries338W provided that they have regard to their means, to determine the scales used to assess the level of charges to individual users. Separate charges for meals are not ordinarily made since charges for attedance go towards the overall costs of day nurseries.