Free School Meals

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 1:15 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Labour, City of Durham 1:15 pm, 20th October 2009

Does my hon. Friend accept that one of the reasons why children do not take up free school meals is that they feel there is a stigma attached to them? Unfortunately, too many schools still single out in some way those who are having free school meals as different from the others. What is so important about the pilots is that free school meals are universal-everybody has them-and that is why we have seen such an extraordinary rise in the take-up figures.