Pupils ask MP questions on sugar, smoking and sport

Alan Mak met some of his younger constituents at Springwood Infant School
Alan Mak met some of his younger constituents at Springwood Infant School
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PUPILS at a Waterlooville school had the chance to quiz a politician on issues ranging from smoking in cars to a sugar tax.

Havant MP Alan Mak visited Springwood Infant School for the question-and-answer session, which included student council representatives from other schools in the area.

Pupils from Purbrook Infant and Junior schools, Morelands Primary School, Berewood Primary School, St Peter’s Primary School and Crookhorn College were there to question Mr Mak.

Mr Mak said he was delighted to visit the school to meet the group of about 50 pupils and answer their questions.

He said he hoped he could visit the school again.

Mr Mak said: ‘Supporting local schools and encouraging young people to share their ideas about how we can improve our community is an important priority for 
me.

‘I was impressed by the quality of the questions from the students, and delighted to see so many schools take part.

‘It was a fun, useful and interesting event, and I hope we can repeat it in the future.’

Pupils asked Mr Mak about what his priorities for the area were and whether he thought children at infant schools should be given free lunches.

The youngsters also asked about a plan to impose taxes on sugary products, his thoughts on preventing littering of playgrounds and how to stop smoking in cars and near school gates.

Mr Mak was also asked about funding for sports equipment.

Head teacher Jo Livingstone said she was pleased with Mr Mak’s visit.

Ms Livingstone said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for school council members from Springwood and our neighbouring cluster schools to ask Alan questions.

‘The children enjoyed the experience and felt that a range of subjects were covered.

‘Alan’s visits to school always generate a lot of excitement amongst the children, and we’re delighted he’s agreed to come in the future to support the school’s activities.’