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Schoolchildren (Nutritional Levels)

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will request his Department's medical advisers to consider the present nutritional levels of children of school age and to maintain study during the next three years especially in areas where school meals provision is reduced to a larger than average extent.

Officers of the Department will be seeking the advice of the committee on the medical aspects of food policy about what extension of the present programme of nutritional surveillance of schoolchildren might be appropriate to monitor the possible effects of any change in the pattern of provision of school meals by local education authorities.