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Free School Meals

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England have received free school meals in each year since 1979. (290654)

Information is collected on both free school meal eligibility and the number of pupils actually taking a free school meal on the day of the School Census. Most data analysis is based on eligibility which has only been collected since 1997. The number of pupils taking free school meals has been collected since 1989. The readily available information for these years is shown in the following table.

Maintained nursery, maintained primary1 and secondary schools1,2: pupils3 eligible for free school meals as at January each year in England, Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region, York local authority and North Yorkshire local authority.

Nursery and Primary Schools1

Secondary Schools1,2

Number of pupils on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

% of pupils taking free schoolmeals

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals

% of pupils eligible for free school meals

Number of pupils on roll3

Number of pupils taking free school meals

% of pupils taking free schoolmeals

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals

% of pupils eligible for free school meals

England

2009

4,114,630

558,590

13.6

656,570

16.0

3,278,130

338,320

10.3

438,860

13.4

2008

4,127,840

538,460

13.0

641,490

15.5

3,294,580

326,480

9.9

433,140

13.1

2007

4,148,390

544,370

13.1

658.910

15.9

3,272,480

314,630

9.6

429.700

13.1

2006

4,187,630

556,180

13.3

670,340

16.0

3,309,720

328,750

9.9

448.680

13.6

2005

4,243,110

568,350

13.4

717.230

16.9

3,317,590

335,140

10.1

465.520

14.0

2004

4,293,180

608,760

14.2

741,150

17.3

3,326,800

351,380

10.6

477.290

14.3

2003

4,350,260

604,910

13.9

731,610

16.8

3,308,490

349,780

10.6

478.920

14.5

2002

4,405,640

616,630

14.0

754,510

17.1

3,260,930

354,260

10.9

486.350

14.9

2001

4,451,220

631,640

14.2

783.510

17.6

3,226,970

353,470

11.0

509,680

15.8

2000

4,481,680

671,490

15.0

821,520

18.3

3,178,000

368,300

11.6

523.630

16.5

1999

4,507,660

690,320

15.3

853.020

18.9

3,118,280

367,800

11.8

527.340

16.9

1998

4,508,920

731,580

16.2

891,050

19.8

3,069,030

367,800

12.0

537,070

17.5

1997

4,479,450

775,740

17.3

994.590

21.1

3,036,990

381,240

12.6

552,900

18.2

1996

4,441,600

828,410

18.7

n/a

n/a

3,006,940

399,620

13.3

n/a

n/a

1995

4,364,710

815,260

18.7

n/a

n/a

2,988,950

387,550

13.0

n/a

n/a

1994

4,294,150

815,440

19

n/a

n/a

2,929,350

370,160

13

n/a

n/a

1993

4,218,480

773,870

18

n/a

n/a

2,960,830

338,190

11

n/a

n/a

1992

4,141,300

680,940

16

n/a

n/a

2,858,280

292,710

10

n/a

n/a

1991

4,099,610

562,990

14

n/a

n/a

2,848,220

235,110

8

n/a

n/a

1990

4,036,540

519,230

13

n/a

n/a

2,920,490

223,970

8

n/a

n/a

1989

3,955,800

515,400

13

n/a

n/a

2,944,720

235,220

8

n/a

n/a

Yorkshire and the Humber

2009

437,020

58,670

13.4

69.510

15.9

335,510

34,670

10.3

47.440

14.1

2008

437,840

55,820

12.7

67.590

15.4

339,710

33,590

9.9

47.690

14.0

2007

441,080

55,030

12.5

68.580

15.5

339,070

31,840

9.4

47.150

13.9

2006

446,780

57,310

12.8

69.670

15.6

345,870

33,960

9.8

50.370

14.6

2005

454,150

59,480

13.1

76.650

16.9

348,680

35,220

10.1

53.160

15.2

2004

461,170

65,870

14.3

80,800

17.3

350,020

37,760

10.8

54,170

15.5

2003

470,470

67,240

14.3

81,890

17.4

347,630

37,760

10.9

55,580

16.0

2002

478,850

68,770

14.4

85,850

17.9

343,020

36,490

10.6

56,290

16.4

2001

485,180

72,160

14.9

88,880

18.3

339,290

37,590

11.1

58,260

17.2

2000

484,630

76,240

15.7

93,160

19.2

340,300

40,770

12.0

62,420

18.3

1999

484,440

77,300

16.0

95,250

19.7

340,130

41,520

12.2

64,160

18.9

1998

486,700

80,530

16.5

99,550

20.5

336,320

41,450

12.3

65,310

19.4

1997

486,730

86,070

17.7

105,430

21.7

333,870

43,020

12.9

66,150

19.8

North Yorkshire (post-1997) local authority

2009

43,210

2,930

6.8

3,480

8.1

40,590

1,850

4.6

2,440

6.0

2008

43,500

2,810

6.4

3,390

7.8

40,950

1,830

4.5

2,440

6.0

2007

44,030

2,900

6.6

3,480

7.9

41,530

1,790

4.3

2,470

5.9

2006

44,790

2,860

6.4

3,450

7.7

41,910

1,740

4.2

2,450

5.9

2005

45,630

3,010

6.6

3,630

7.9

42,080

1,870

4.4

2,490

5.9

2004

46,420

3,390

7.3

3,900

8.4

42,060

1,910

4.5

2,570

6.1

2003

47,340

3,280

6.9

3,910

8.3

41,640

1,820

4.4

2,390

5.7

2002

48,030

3,410

7.1

4,030

8.4

40,890

1,860

4.5

2,420

5.9

2001

48,480

3,560

7.3

4,310

8.9

40,220

1,810

4.5

2,580

6.4

2000

49,020

3,970

8.1

4,730

9.7

39,300

2,050

5.2

2,700

6.9

1999

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1998

48,720

4,190

8.6

4,880

10.0

37,580

2,030

5.4

2,700

7.2

1997

48,160

4,440

9.2

5,110

10.6

36,980

2,040

5.5

2,670

7.2

York (post-1997) local authority

2009

12,990

970

7.5

1,240

9.6

9,870

570

5.8

800

8.1

2008

13,120

940

7.1

1,210

9.2

9,960

610

6.1

780

7.8

2007

13,250

1,010

7.6

1,290

9.7

10,180

550

5.4

810

8.0

2006

13,550

1,100

8.1

1,340

9.9

10,230

570

5.6

830

8.1

2005

13,760

1,140

8.3

1,340

9.7

10,330

570

5.5

790

7.6

2004

13,820

1,160

8.4

1,390

10.0

10,490

570

5.4

820

7.9

2003

13,970

1,110

7.9

1,340

9.6

10,370

570

5.5

780

7.6

2002

14,420

1,210

8.4

1,470

10.2

10,100

590

5.8

860

8.5

2001

14,780

1,290

8.7

1,640

11.1

9,970

650

6.5

890

8.9

2000

15,020

1,450

9.6

1,750

11.6

9,820

690

7.0

920

9.3

1999

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1998

15,060

1,670

11.1

2,030

13.5

9,290

770

8.2

1,030

11.1

1997

15,010

1,860

12.4

2,250

15.0

9,320

790

8.5

1,060

11.4

North Yorkshire (pre-1997) local authority

1996

62,210

6,450

10.4

n/a

n/a

45,570

2,940

6.5

n/a

n/a

1995

60,980

6,340

10.4

n/a

n/a

45,000

2,800

6.2

n/a

n/a

1994

59,640

6,080

10

n/a

n/a

43,960

2,590

6

n/a

n/a

1993

58,560

5,520

9

n/a

n/a

44,600

2,310

5

n/a

n/a

1992

57,350

4,940

9

n/a

n/a

42,890

2,010

5

n/a

n/a

1991

56,500

4,050

7

n/a

n/a

42,670

1,620

4

n/a

n/a

1990

56,160

3,580

6

n/a

n/a

42,420

1,670

4

n/a

n/a

1989

54,740

3,420

6

n/a

n/a

43,710

1,900

4

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available.

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes City Technology Colleges and Academies in 2008 and 2009.

3 From 2003, free school meals was based on sole and dual main registrations, and includes boarders. Previous years excluded boarders.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census.