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School Meals

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will issue an advisory circular to local authorities on the attitude to be adopted regarding free school meals for low income families.

Clause 22(2) of the Education (No. 2) Bill defines the statutory minimum duty on local education authorities regarding the provision to be made for children from low income families. Clause 22(3)(b) further requires that authorities should remit the whole or part of any charge if they consider it appropriate to do so. The question of whether any guidance should be offered on these matters is under consideration.