School Children (Milk Supply).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Lieut.-Colonel MOORE:

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which local education authorities in Scotland have now adopted the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1930, to supply milk to school children?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

Two education authorities in Scotland—West Lothian and Selkirk—have adopted schemes for the supply of milk to school children under the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1930.

Lieut.-Colonel MOORE:

Is there any reason why this Act has not been made further use of by local authorities?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

The responsibility for the use of the Act lies entirely with the local education authorities. Several other education authorities have considered the matter, apart from these two the names of which I have given, but up to the present they have not adopted the scheme of the Act.

Photo of Mr John McShane Mr John McShane , Walsall

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether any conditions attach to the receipt of the milk?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

Under the Act to which the question refers the condition may be attached that the milk is to be provided free for the children of those who cannot pay, and a limited amount charged to those who are in a position to pay.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Is it true that the Scottish Office has given every encouragement to the authorities to apply the Act?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

Yes, Sir, that is perfectly true.