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School Meals

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the average price of school meals in primary and secondary schools in each local education authority and in Scotland as a whole at the latest date for which information is available.

The amounts charged for fixed price set meals at the time of the school meals census in January 1984 are shown in the table. A number of schools also provide cafeteria-style self-service meals, the cost of the meal varying according to choice of items. Education authorities' estimates of the average amount spent per pupil on such meals range from 25p to 64p.

Education AuthorityFixed Price Meal Pence
Borders44
Central45
Dumfries and Galloway50
Fife48
Grampian*55
Highland50
Lothian45
Strathclyde53
Tayside*50
Orkney50
Shetland45
Western Isles60
The average of the figures in the column above is 49ยท6p.
* Pupils in primary classes in Grampian and Tayside were charged 45p and Grampian region pupils at special schools were charged 23p for set meals.