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School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in English schools receive free fruit on a daily basis; what the annual cost is of this scheme; what estimate he has made of the cost of extending this scheme to all primary aged school children; and if he will make a statement. (125083)

I have been asked to reply.

There are currently 1,961,316 children participating in the school fruit and vegetable scheme in 16,505 schools. The cost is £36.2 million for produces and delivery and £0.5 million for administration in the current 2006-07 financial year. We have not made a detailed estimate of the cost of extending the scheme to all primary aged school children.