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School Meals

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the estimated cost of administering free school meals.

The cost of administering the school meals service as a whole in England and Wales in 1978–79 was about £11 million. Although an accurate figure for the cost of administering free school meals is not available, it is estimated to be well under £1 million.