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School Meals

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children were, at the latest convenient date, receiving free school meals through the "passport" of the family income supplement and supplementary benefit; and how many children received free school meals by way of separate application on the grounds of low income.

Precise information is not available but returns from a sample inquiry covering about 15 per cent. of the school population of England and Wales in October 1974 suggest that about 450,000 pupils were receiving free school meals under the "passport" arrangements and 300,000 on grounds of low income.