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School Meals

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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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.

Maintained Schools (Including Nursery and Special): England

October 1987

October 1986

Number

Per cent.

Number

Per cent.

Pupils in attendance6,210,64010006,351,870100·0
Pupils taking meals on payment1,989,74632·01,956,31030·8
Free1,101,13217·71,143,81718·0
Total3,090,87849·83,100,12748·8
Pupils bringing own food2,008,17232·31,937,15130·5
Pupils having other arrangements1,111,59017·91,314,59220·7

An analysis of the returns shows the following proportions for primary and secondary pupils, as percentages of pupils in attendance:

Primary

Secondary

1987

1986

1987

1986

Pupils taking school meals51·951·846·244·5
Pupils bring own food39·437·324·423·3
Pupils having other arrangements8·711·029·432·1

Detailed tabulations on the returns from local education authorities in England, from which these national totals were derived, are being placed in the Library.