27 NOVEMBER 1936, Page 3

Milk In an address to the committee of Government sup-

porters who are studying the question of nutrition, Sir Kingsley Wood once again emphasised the unique nutritional value of milk, and said that no greater advance could be made towards a higher standard of nutrition than a general increase in consumption of it. This is, by now, well known and recognised, and propaganda may already have had some effect in increasing con- sumption ; and the astonishing success of the Milk Bars recently opened in London seems to indicate some such change in popular habits. Sir Kingsley Wood, however, rightly insisted that it is among children and nursing and pregnant mothers that an increase in consumption of milk is most to be desired ; the milk-in-schools scheme is a most valuable means to that end. A recent enquiry among school children in Ayrshire has shown that in the cases examined over 50 per cent. of the children—over 75 per cent. of the poorest=drink no milk and far too much tea. It showed also, however, that, owing to the cost, in certain cases a decrease in consumption occurred after the introduction of the milk-in-schools scheme ; if the scheme is to have its full effect it seems clear that free or cheap milk must be provided.