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School Meals, Manchester

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 7 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Education what is the income test applied by the education authority in the City of Manchester to determine whether parents shall make a contribution towards the cost of meals supplied to their children in the schools.

In determining under Regulation 10 (1) of the Provision of Milk and Meals Regulations, 1945, whether, in their opinion, payment for schools meals involves financial hardship, the Manchester local education authority consider the income of the parent in relation to a scale which has been jointly adopted by a large number of Lancashire authorities. As the scale includes a number of details, I am sending a copy of it to my hon. Friend.

asked the Minister of Education how many school children in the City of Manchester are receiving school meals at the nearest convenient date; and how many are receiving such meals without charge.

On the day in February to which the latest returns relate, 34,230 children had dinner in Manchester school canteens; 5,832 did not pay for it.