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School Meals

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list the proposed and actual expenditure on school meals for each year since 1979 in England in real terms.

The actual expenditure on school meals for each year from 1980–81 to 1984–85 and the provision made by Government in the public expenditure White Paper immediately preceding that year are given in the table. The figures have been repriced to 1984–85 real terms using the gross domestic product (market prices) deflator.

Planned Expenditure (1984–85 prices) £ millionActual Expenditure (1984–85 prices) £ million
1980–81351508
1981–82303461
1982–83354448
1983–84285449
1984–85263415

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list, for each year since 1980, the number of local education authorities which provide free school meals (a) to the statutory minimum of children only and (b) to more than the statutory minimum.

University new undergraduate places are already allocated, by overflow from previous years' applications, for the years 1986 and 1987; and if he will give the percentages for each region in Scotland.

The university has not yet completed the admissions process for 1986 but estimates that about 42 per cent. of new undergraduate places will be filled by previous years' applicants. The estimated percentage for Scotland is 67 per cent. Information for 1987, or for the regions in Scotland, is not available.