Published: Aug 09, 2010 6:46 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 09, 2010 3:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) - The British prime minister's office says it won't seek to stop giving free milk each day to school children under 5 years old.

The statement Monday by David Cameron's office dismisses a Cabinet minister's recent suggestion that the government may consider extending Margaret Thatcher's 1971 move to scrap the milk provision for children over 7 years old.

Thatcher, who was then the education secretary, earned the infamous nickname "Thatcher Milk-Snatcher."

Britain is making deep cuts to public spending to reduce a record national debt, and over the weekend Junior Health Minister Anne Milton suggested the government would consider cutting the 189 milliliter - or third of a pint - of milk given to children under 5.