School Food Trust

Education written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the relationship will be between his Department and the School Food Trust once the latter becomes a charity.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The School Food Trust was established as a charity in 2005. From 1 April 2011, it will cease to be an arm's length body, but will continue as a charity. The School Food Trust also plans to set up a Community Interest Company to work alongside the charity.

We expect the School Food Trust will take forward a number of activities for the Department, including continuing to support schools and local authorities to meet national nutritional standards for school lunches, and advising the Government on school food.

The level of future DFE support will be dependent upon decisions to be taken in the light of the spending review and upon the tasks we ask the School Food Trust to undertake. However, it will be free to sell its services to local authorities, schools, caterers and others on a commercial basis.

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