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School Milk

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps she is taking to ensure that children aged 7 to 11 years will obtain the free school milk which is being offered to local education authorities; and whether she will issue further guidance to those authorities, including Coventry, which have decided not to accept this milk, to urge reconsideration of their decision.

A circular letter was sent in May to every local education authority explaining that free milk could be provided to junior children in 1978–79 at no cost to the authority and that thereafter estimated expenditure, net of the EEC subsidy, would form part of relevant expenditure for rate support grant purposes. It is now a matter for individual authorities to decide whether to take advantage of these arrangements.