HC Deb 27 June 1957 vol 572 c52W
80. Mr. Elwyn Jones

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education the total numbers of school meals supplied to the school children of West Ham in secondary, junior, infant, nursery, and special schools when the charges for such meals were 9d., 10d. and 1s., respectively; and to what cause he attributes the reduction in the number of West Ham school children now taking meals at school.

Sir E. Boyle

The West Ham Local Education Authority's annual returns showed a total of 9,825 pupils taking the school dinner on a day in the autumn of 1955, when the standard charge was still 9d., and 9,480 last year when the charge was 10d. The next annual return by local education authorities, showing the number of pupils taking the school dinner after the charge became a shilling, will not be submitted until this coming autumn.