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Free School Meals

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) key stage 1, (b) key stage 2 and (c) key stage 3 pupils in each local authority are eligible for free school meals; and if he will make a statement. (310090)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under the age of 16 years received free (a) primary and (b) secondary school lunches in (i) England, (ii) Leicester and (iii) the East Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available. (311164)

The available information on free school meals (FSM) is shown in the following table.

Maintained primary1 and state-funded secondary1,2 schools: school meal arrangements for pupils under 163 as at January 2009: in England, East Midlands Government Office Region and Leicester parliamentary constituency

Primary schools1

State-funded secondary schools1,2

Number of pupils4

Number of pupils eligible for FSM5

Percentage of pupils eligible for FSM

Number of pupils4

Number of pupils eligible for FSM5

Percentage of pupils eligible for FSM

England

4,077,350

653,600

16.0

2,883,770

418,000

14.5

East Midlands

351,320

45,350

12.9

256,150

29,730

11.6

Leicester

27,900

5,860

21.0

17,450

3,850

22.1

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes CTCs and Academies.

3 Pupils aged 15 and under at 31 August 2008.

4 Includes sole and dual (main) registrations.

5 Those eligible may choose not to take up their offer of a free school meal for various reasons e.g. through preference or through non-attendance on the day. Pupils are counted as eligible only if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census