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School Meals

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the entitlement to free school meals in (a) West Glamorgan, (b) Wales and (c) the United Kingdom from 1979 to the latest available date expressed (i) numerically and (ii) in percentage terms indicating the figures for (1) primary school pupils and (2) secondary school pupils and (3) total pupils. [38261]

The following table shows the number of children entitled to free school meals in maintained primary and secondary schools in West Glamorgan and Wales, and the percentage they represent of the total number of children on the school rolls. No comparable information is available for the United Kingdom. Data for West Glamorgan and Wales are not available prior to 1988, as information was not collected on the number of pupils entitled to free school meals.

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Primary and secondary schools

West Glamorgan

Wales

West Glamorgan

Wales

West Glamorgan

Wales

At

Number

Per cent.

Number

Per cent.

Number

Per cent.

Number

Per cent.

Number

Per cent.

Number

Per cent.

September 19906,74418.548,86017.93,35814.824,86513.410,10217.173,72516.1
September 19917,73321.156,59320.63,84216.729,22015.411,57519.485,81318.5
September 19928,30522.662,97322.74,33818.633,32017.212,64321.196,29320.5
January 199419,34224.671,67525.15,00321.036,52618.814,34523.2108,20122.5

Source:

School Census.

1 From 1993–94 onwards school meal data has been collected at January not September.