Remote Education and Free School Meals

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:27 pm on 18th January 2021.

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Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine Conservative, Winchester 7:27 pm, 18th January 2021

I am listening to the hon. Lady carefully. I am sorry that she has not picked up the tone of her shadow DWP colleague, Jonathan Reynolds —he got the tone right; she has not—but does she agree that there is clearly a long-term conversation to be had in this country about school holiday food for families in receipt of free school meals? It is something that never happened during the 13 years of the last Labour Government and that, to my knowledge, the Opposition have not pushed this Government on during the last almost 11 years of their being in office. Does she agree that there is a conversation to be had, sensibly, across the Dispatch Box and without the partisan nonsense, about the long-term provision of holiday food for some of the poorest children in our country?