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Free School Meals

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children will be entitled to free school meals under the Government's new child tax credits from April. [101142]

From 6 April 2003, we estimate that 1.2 million children in England will be entitled to receive free school lunches. This estimate includes around 162,000 children who will be entitled to receive free school lunches because their parents claim the new child tax credits. This figure includes 75,000 new recipients who would not have previously benefited from this entitlement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Northampton, South are entitled to free school meals; and what the average is in English constituencies. [100785]

The latest information available is shown in the table:

Higher Education1Students in Great Britain
1 Census count as at December 31 in years up to 1993–94, and as at December 1 subsequent years. Includes home and overseas HE students studying both full and part time courses at HE institutions, FE institutions and the Open University.
2 Numbers may not add as totals were calculated before rounding.
3 Provisional.


Numbers have been rounded to the nearest hundred.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been enrolled in (a) higher and (b) further education in each academic year since 1997–98. [96702]

Students on higher and further education courses—England

Academic year

Higher education


Further education




Not available4

1 Census count as at 1 December. Covers all home and overseas students on postgraduate and undergraduate courses, including HE students in FE colleges and the Open University.

2 Based on a whole year count of students. Includes FE students in HE institutions.

3 HE figures are provisional.

4 The whole year count of students in FE sector colleges is collected retrospectively after the end of the academic year.