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School Meals

Volume 987: debated on Friday 27 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give, from figures available to him, a precise breakdown of a school meal, detailing the amount of money spent on wages and salaries and other overheads, and the amount spent on actual food.

In the financial years 1978–79—the latest year for which information is available—the average cost of a school meal in England and Wales was 54·3p. This was made up as follows:

food costs16·6p
Salaries and wages kitchen staff24·6
midday supervision4·2
other2·331·1p
other overheads-fuel, lighting, cleaning, maintenance6·6p
Total54·3p