asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimates he has made of the numbers of children who will either cease to qualify for, or cease to have provided for them, free school meals under his Educa tion (No. 2) Bill and forecast public expenditure in Cmnd. 7746.
The estimates assume that about 250,000 fewer pupils will take free school meals in 1980–81 than would do so under the existing arrangements.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many representations he has received concerning the Government's proposals to amend regulations concerning the provision of school meals.
I have received over 600 representations concerning the provision of school meals.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether it is his intention to review his Department's circular 16/68 dated 15 August 1968 entitled "The Teachers and the School Meals Service".
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Penistone (Mr. McKay) on 8 November.—[Vol. 973, c. 239.]