asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what payments have been made or approved by him in relation to schemes submitted by local authorities for the payment of school meals supervisory assistance.
Under the ESG scheme, my right hon. Friend made available £37·2 million in 1986–87 to meet the cost of approved proposals relating to arrangements for midday supervision. Approved bids totalling £32,608,802 were received and to date grant totalling £12,650,431 has been paid. To enable authorities to continue their existing arrangements my right hon. Friend has allocated £39 million for this purpose for 1987–88.