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Free School Meals (Stoke-on-Trent)

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the people of Stoke-on-Trent, South who have told me time and again that they believe that all primary age children should be entitled to a free school meal. I have met on many occasions school cooks and dinner staff who have told me of the profound need that many children have for a substantial, nourishing free school meal. The people of Stoke-on-Trent, South have also expressed their concerns that the local Conservative council has not even made an effort to work with partners on this issue in the pilot scheme.

The petition states:

The Petition of Rachael Wilson and others,

Declares that there is a desire among the people of the city of Stoke-on-Trent for Free School Meal provision in the area’s schools; further declares that several hundred postcards in support of Free School Meal provision, signed by parents, grandparents and carers of children studying in Stoke-on-Trent Primary Schools, have been sent to the Member for Stoke-on-Trent.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to take steps to ensure that Free School Meals can be provided in the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.