School Milk

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Duffy Mr Patrick Duffy , Sheffield, Attercliffe 12:00 am, 29th February 1972

Nevertheless, is the Minister aware that the Milk Marketing Board has been actively persuading local education authorities to sell milk to schoolchildren and that, in a growing number of education areas, the schoolchildren are paying 2p for their third of a pint, which is a ½p more per pint than their mothers are paying for the cheapest milk delivered by the rounds-man? In one education area by the summer children will be paying 3p for a third of a pint, which represents a 64 per cent. increase over what their mothers will be paying for the same milk from the shops. Is there no limit to the economic silliness of the Minister's right hon. and hon. Friends on their decision to deprive 7 to 11-year-old schoolchildren of free school milk?