Schools: Vending Machines

Education written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools had vending machines containing junk food in each of the last five years.

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

The Department does not hold this information.

With the introduction of the food-based standards in 2007, schools required to comply with the standards that used vending machines had to assess whether the food and drink in their machines complied with the standards. Over recent years, a number of food and drink manufacturers have developed products which comply with the standards and which can be provided in vending machines.

For some schools, the use of vending machines can help them cope with busy lunchtimes, by providing an alternative food outlet for pupils to use instead of queuing in the school dining hall. Schools are often used by the community after school hours, which the vending machines support. Some schools ensure that vending machines containing confectionery and crisps are not in operation during school hours.

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