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Schools Broadcasting Council

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what response he has made to the request by the Schools

October 1976May 1977October 1977
i. Pupils in attendance510,690501,950504,188
ii. Numbers taking dinners333,322319,040299,749
iii. Proportion taking dinners65·3%63·6%59·5%
iv. Numbers taking free dinners59,89361,62070,425
a. as proportion of those in attendance11·7%12·3%14·07
b. as proportion of dinners served18·0%19·3%23·5%
On the day of the census school dinners were taken by 68·7 per cent. of all pupils present in primary schools—72·5 per cent. last year—and by 48·2 per cent. in secondary schools—55 per cent. last year. The number of children bringing their own food to school rose from 46,100 in October 1976 to 67,780 in October 1977—an increase of 47 per cent. 15·2 per cent. of secondary school pupils brought their own food compared with 12·5 per cent. of primary pupils—12 per cent. and 6·9 per cent. respectively the previous year.A detailed statement of the returns from local education authorities on which these figures are based is being placed in the Library.