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School Meals

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of schools are equipped with kitchens capable of providing school meals for all pupils attending the school; (103658)

(2) what proportion of the schools (a) newly built and (b) refurbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme will be equipped with a kitchen capable of preparing school lunches for all children attending that school.

The school premises data that my Department receives from authorities identifies numbers of kitchen/dining spaces in each school that are considered by authorities and schools to be lacking or unsuitable, but kitchens are not separately identified.

The facilities that are built under the Building Schools for the Future programme will be designed to meet the needs of each school and to reflect local priorities. This will be an opportunity for any schools that do not already have all the facilities they need to provide them.

In September 2006 the Secretary of State announced further funding to support the provision of school kitchens, ahead of the Building Schools for the Future programme, where there are none and there is exceptional need that cannot be met by authorities from other sources.

The Department’s area guidelines for secondary schools allow for kitchen facilities that will meet the current healthy eating agenda. In spring 2007, the Department will be publishing more detailed design guidance on school kitchen and dining areas.