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School Meals, Shropshire

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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80.

asked the Minister of Education how many village schools in Shropshire have no arrangements for providing midday meals; and when will midday meals be provided at Morville and Astley Abbots.

Of the 218 village schools in Shropshire, 119 are not at present provided with hot midday meals, but it is expected that canteens for 40 of these schools will be completed by next Easter, and schemes for a further 53 schools are in preparation. At Astley Abbots Church of England School it has been found that the water supply suffers from intermittent contaminaton, the source of which is uncertain. As soon as this is remedied the erection of the canteen will be put in hand. The scheme proposed for the Morville Church of England School had to be reviewed in the light of the school's future under the Development Plan, but the Ministry of Works is now being asked to erect the necessary scullery. It is not yet possible to forecast the date of completion.