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School Children (Transport)

Volume 477: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of schools whose pupils qualify for transport by reason of the distance of their homes from schools in which there is no provision for mid-day meals.

The number of schools in Scotland which normally include pupils for whom travelling facilities have to be provided and in which school meals are not served is 211.

As this is a rather large proportion of schools and I am quite certain the Secretary of State would agree that it is the category in which school food is most needed, will he do something to jog the local authorities to make this provision as early as possible?

There are 3,000 schools and the figure is 211. I do not think that by any stretch of imagination this could be considered a large proportion, but I shall be glad to consider any detailed proposal which my hon. Friend might care to make.

Can the Secretary of State tell us the number of pupils involved in these 211 schools?