Schools: Catering

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools do not have a kitchen, broken down by local authority area.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not collect this information. However, the School Food Trust's annual survey which can be found at

www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/documents/annualsurvey3 includes information on catering facilities at national and regional but not local authority level. In response to the trust's latest survey LAs reported that, across England, 20 per cent. of primary and special schools had no kitchen facilities (data from 107 LAs). Virtually all secondary schools have kitchens (data from 100 LAs).

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