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School Meals

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is the average price of a school meal; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what is the number and percentage of free school meals provided; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many and what percentage of children took school meals in 1989; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested, taken from the annual school meal census carried out in January 1989, is as follows:

(1) Average charge for a fixed price school meal61p
(2) Number of pupils present on Census day713,034
(3) Number of pupils taking meals328,688
(4) (3) as a percentage of (2)46·1
(5) Number of pupils receiving free meals105,232
(6) (5) as a percentage of (2)14·8
The proportion of children taking meals is greater than at the 1988 census.Responsibility for the provision and content of meals lies with education authorities.