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School Meals

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1957.

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Photo of Mr George Chetwynd Mr George Chetwynd , Stockton-on-Tees 12:00 am, 9th May 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education whether he will state the percentage of children taking school meals on 1st April, 1956, and 1st April, 1957.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I regret that this information is not available, as my Departments' annual return relates to a selected date in the autumn.

Mr. Cherwynd:

Have we no figures for April, 1956? Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the figures for this time of the year have previously been given, and as the recent increase in charges took place in April, is there not growing evidence that this increase is having an adverse effect on the number of children who are taking school meals, and cannot we have this information?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

The first of April last year was Easter Day. Last autumn, we had certain figures. We shall not get further returns until this autumn, but if the hon. Gentleman will write to me, I will certainly send him what I can.