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School Meals

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the total public spending in England on school meals in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms for each year from 1979-80 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (124968)

The Department does not collect data that allows us to report expenditure on school meals alone.

However, the Government are providing additional funding of almost £500 million between 2005 and 2011 to support the improvement of school food. This includes, between April 2005 and March 2008, £90 million for authority maintained schools (including nursery schools and pupil referral units) and £130 million for local authorities.