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Schools: Catering

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of schools in each English local authority area that do not have kitchen facilities capable of serving daily hot meals; and if he will make a statement. (181788)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not collect this information. However, in its second annual survey of take-up of school meals in England, published in September 2007, the School Food Trust collected data by region. The data is in the following table.

Providing a hot meal does not require every school to have a kitchen. There are several ways of reheating food on school premises, such as microwave ovens; or schools may use a centralised preparation and delivery service.

Over the next three years, we are providing a record £21.9 billion of capital support for investment in school buildings. Much of this funding is devolved to local authorities and schools for their local priorities, which can include installing or improving school kitchens and dining areas. As part of this funding, we are making available from April 2008 £150 million of targeted capital grant to those authorities with high need.

Table 8: Facilities for food preparation in primary and secondary schools in England (percentage of schools), by region

Full production kitchen

Regen or mini kitchen

No facilities—hot food transported from another school

No Facilities—hot food transported from another source

No facilities—sandwich/cold food only

Primary

North East

75.9

15.4

8.1

0.6

0.0

North West

84.9

6.9

7.9

0.0

0.4

Yorkshire/Humber

70.5

15.8

13.7

0.0

0.0

East Midlands

63.1

3.7

20.4

12.5

0.4

West Midlands

64.0

21.0

4.9

0.0

0.1

East of England

77.0

4.8

16.1

0.0

2.1

Inner London

71.8

10.4

13.1

4.3

0.4

Outer London

72.0

10.4

13.4

0.4

3.8

South East

59.6

5.2

22.2

0

13.0

South West

54.0

2.1

32.3

0.0

11.6

All primary

69.4

8.3

16.7

1.9

3.7

Secondary

North East

100.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

North West

99.5

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.5

Yorkshire/Humber

96.6

3.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

East Midlands

99.5

0.0

0.5

0.0

0.0

West Midlands

96.7

2.5

0.8

0.0

0.0

East of England

99.6

0.0

0.4

0.0

0.0

Inner London

96.2

1.9

1.9

0.0

0.0

Outer London

100.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

South East

98.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

1.9

South West

98.4

0.0

0.0

0.0

1.6

All secondary

98.6

0.7

0.3

0.0

0.5

Note:

base (unweighted): primary: 93; secondary: 79

analysis: weighted by number of schools