Private Schools (Milk)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1968.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 5th December 1968

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance he has given to local education authorities about providing free school milk to children in private schools.

Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

If there is to be a division whereby those who are in private schools do not get free milk while those in the State schools do, would it not be preferable if it were based on the wealth of the parents rather than on the school which the child attends?

Photo of Mr Denis Howell Mr Denis Howell , Birmingham Small Heath

The discretion offered is exactly the same as that which has operated under the Act since 1944. I find it odd that, at a time when hon. Members opposite are continually asking for cuts in public expenditure, they should request us to spend public money on people who have opted out of the State system of education.

Photo of Mr Michael English Mr Michael English , Nottingham West

Will my hon. Friend state the amount, which I believe has been ascertained, of subsidies to public schools at present?

Photo of Mr Denis Howell Mr Denis Howell , Birmingham Small Heath

I cannot do so without notice.