Meals and Milk (School Holidays).

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has sent out any direction to the local education authorities in connection with giving school-children meals and milk during the Easter vacation?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

The attention of local education authorities has from time to time been drawn to the desirability of providing meals and milk during holidays. About one-third of the authorities make this provision. The demand for such provision and the extent to which advantage is taken of the facilities, when offered, vary widely from area to area. I do not propose to issue any general directions about the Easter vacation, but I am asking His Majesty's Inspectors to pay special attention to the need for securing that the provision of school meals and milk is continued during the holiday, particularly for the children of women in employment.