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School Meals: Standards

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, columns 346-47W, on school meals, whether changes were made to the School Meal Review Panel’s recommendation on the standard covering deep-fried food contained in the Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches) Regulations 2006. (135899)

The School Meals Review Panel recommended that ‘meals should not contain more than two deep-fried products in a single week’. To ensure clarity and to maximise the impact of this standard, Ministers decided that the interpretation of ‘deep-fried’ in this context should include those products that were deep-fried in the manufacturing process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much he plans to allocate (a) to produce the revised guide to standards for school lunches and (b) to implement its provisions. (135976)

The School Food Trust has spent just under £54,700 of its grant in aid on the production of the revised guidance on the standards for school lunches. The costs of school lunches that meet the standards are met through a combination of expenditure by local authorities, schools, parents and carers. However, this Government are investing almost £500 million between 2005 and 2011 in transitional funding to support local authorities and schools in an ambitious six-year programme to transform school food.