Free School Meals - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:01 pm on 27th October 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Morris of Yardley Baroness Morris of Yardley Labour 1:01 pm, 27th October 2020

My Lords, while I do not for a minute doubt the Minister’s personal understanding of this difficulty, I think she is wrong to say that it is not a postcode lottery. Today is half-term, and whether children will get a free school meal will depend on where they live. There are only two ways of making sure that that does not happen at Christmas: either to make it a statutory duty, which is the case with free school meals, or to offer ring-fenced funding. Unless the Government do one or the other of those things, this will continue to be a postcode lottery. Can the Minister assure us that the solution that the Government come forward with for the Christmas holidays will adopt one of those two solutions?