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School Meals

Education written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to ensure healthy school meal standards.

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

New standards for school food in maintained schools were introduced, through legislation, in 2007. The regulations set out a combination of food-based and nutrient-based standards.

Governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities are legally responsible for meeting the school food standards. If they do not, any person may complain, through the normal local routes and ultimately to the Secretary of State, who can then issue a direction to the school if necessary.

Parents play an important role in monitoring the quality of food at their children's school. We expect maintained schools, as a minimum, to have arrangements in place to meet the standards. The School Food Trust will be able to offer help and share examples of good practice.

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