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School Meals

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 535W, on school meals, whether his Department remains committed to the minimum spend on ingredients announced by his Department in press notice 2005-0044 on 30 March 2005; and if he will make a statement. (212647)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given previously for question numbers 202636 and 202637 posed in April 2008. The figures included in the press notice referred to by the hon. Member were a suggestion for the amount that might be needed to be spent on ingredients to deliver a tasty and nutritious meal. Subsequent research found that the vast majority of local authorities were already spending this. The latest figures will be announced by the School Food Trust when it publishes the results of its 2008 annual survey in July.

The nutritional standards for school food make sure provision is consistent across maintained primary and secondary schools.