HC Deb 11 May 1950 vol 475 cc83-4W
Mr. Chetwynd

asked the Minister of Education the number of schoolchildren receiving free dinners, dinners on payment and no dinners, respectively, and the number of schools providing and not children on the roll, the number with between 30 and 40, between 40 and 50 and over 50, respectively.

Mr. Tomlinson

The figures for classes in maintained primary and secondary schools in January, 1949, the latest date for which the information is available, were as follows:

providing dinners at the last available date.

Mr. Tomlinson

On a day in February, the latest date for which I have returns, 299,000 children had their dinner free, 2,300,000 paid for it and 2,516,000 did not have dinner at school. 26,950 schools or departments either had their own canteen or had access to one, and 1,750 did not.