School Meals (Coal Miners' Strike)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 2nd February 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated increase in schoolchildren receiving school meals as a result of the coal miners' strike; and what is the estimated additional cost.

Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfriesshire

I understand that applications from miners' families are being made and dealt with but detailed information is not collected centrally by reference to parent's employment.

Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian

Will the Minister accept that the children of miners claiming school meals are getting their legal entitlement, and will he refute the suggestions of his back-benchers that the law requires to be changed? Will he dissociate himself from the theory that has been expounded in his party that the way for Governments to win strikes is to try to starve the strikers into submission?

Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfriesshire

I cannot accept what the hon. Gentleman has said. It is open to parents to apply for free meals for their children at any time if the family's fiancial circumstances change, for whatever reason.