[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Teaching Assistants

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:18 am on 18th March 2014.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North 10:18 am, 18th March 2014

My granny was also a dinner lady, and I valued her. I used to nip in to see her at lunchtime, and she would give me two old pennies for me to spend in the sweet shop, but only if I ate my school dinner. That was how she encouraged me. Dinner ladies are a tremendous encouragement to children generally, and they help with discipline. My hon. Friend will recognise why I wanted to mention that.