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School Population

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the school population in England for each of the next five years, divided between infant, primary and secondary schools; and if he will publish comparable figures for Bury metropolitan district education authority.

I envisage that in the majority of cases authorities will provide an appropriate midday meal for pupils from families in receipt of supplementary benefit or family income supplement. However, an authority would have fulfilled its duty under clause 22(2) if it had assessed the needs of a pupil and had provided what was necessary to meet those needs—whatever that involved.