Meals and Milk Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th July 1954.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Lockwood Lieut-Colonel John Lockwood , Romford 12:00 am, 29th July 1954

asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware that children who receive education in premises specially sanctioned under the Education Act, 1944, by reason of the fact that they receive education otherwise than at school, are ineligible to receive meals and milk service afforded to other children; and whether she will take whatever steps are necessary to put an end to this anomaly.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

Yes, Sir. Local education authorities have power to provide milk and meals only for children who are in attendance at school. Legislation would be required to change this position.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Lockwood Lieut-Colonel John Lockwood , Romford

Will my right hon. Friend consider introducing legislation in view of the extreme importance of children receiving adequate meals? It is not more important that they should get adequate meals than that we should be put to a little trouble to amend or remove regulations that prevent them from having them?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

The children who go to the schools do, of course, get milk and meals. At present, I cannot ensure legislation could be brought in to deal with these particular groups of children.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Is there no limit to the activities and, therefore, to the expenditure of the taxpayers' money in my right hon. Friend's Department?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

Yes. I think the fact that there is a limit has been brought out in several debates and answers to Questions. I should like that limit to be as high as possible, and, perhaps, even higher than it is.