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School Meals

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of schoolchildren are in receipt of free school meals.

Statistics of school meals uptake are collected annually in respect of a day in October, and the figures for October 1977 are not yet available. The figures for a day in October 1976 show that of all the children in attendance at grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland who participate in the school meals service 31ยท48 per cent. were in receipt of a free school meal.