To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the results of the October 1987 census of school meals; arid what are the comparable figures for the previous census.
The information is as follows:
Maintained Schools (Including Nursery and Special): England
|Pupils in attendance||6,210,640||1000||6,351,870||100·0|
|Pupils taking meals on payment||1,989,746||32·0||1,956,310||30·8|
|Pupils bringing own food||2,008,172||32·3||1,937,151||30·5|
|Pupils having other arrangements||1,111,590||17·9||1,314,592||20·7|
An analysis of the returns shows the following proportions for primary and secondary pupils, as percentages of pupils in attendance:
|Pupils taking school meals||51·9||51·8||46·2||44·5|
|Pupils bring own food||39·4||37·3||24·4||23·3|
|Pupils having other arrangements||8·7||11·0||29·4||32·1|
Detailed tabulations on the returns from local education authorities in England, from which these national totals were derived, are being placed in the Library.