May I ask my right hon. Friend two questions? First, is he absolutely convinced that this sum of money could not have been saved in more desirable directions from our point of view? Secondly, is he aware that the extra pennies for over 14 million school meals could have been provided by cutting out £60,000 from the annual increment paid to Queen Mary?
I do not think the second part arises at all. I have been anxious to vary the scheme in any detail which would make it easier for these authorities, but my hon. Friend must know that, happily, the drop is not significant.