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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2348

Mr CROSS (BRISBANE. QLD) - I address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Health. Does every eligible child throughout the nation receive free milk on every school day? Is it the practice where it is not possible to supply milk to supply fruit juice instead? Have any comprehensive surveys of child nutrition been carried out to evaluate the existing scheme or establish whether any new programmes should be developed with Commonwealth assistance? How important is the free milk scheme today?

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for National Development) - Unfortunately I have not the details that the honourable member requires, but I will certainly make some inquiries regarding the matter and see that the information is provided. I do know from past experience, as I was Minister for Health some years ago, that the scheme at that time was very successful and that the provision of something as a substitute for milk in areas where milk was not available was being considered. I will make inquiries regarding the various points which were raised by the honourable member and see that a reply is provided.

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