§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when the price of school meals was raised to a shilling; what was the percentage drop at that time in children staying for school lunches; and whether he will give an assurance that he will take no action between 20th July and the end of the Summer Recess either to increase the price of school meals or make any announcement in connection with price adjustments.
§ Mr. Crosland
The price of the school meal was raised to 1s. on 1st April, 1957. About 4 per cent. less children took the meal in the autumn of 1957 than two years previously, but this was fully made up within 2 years. In reply to the last part of the Question, my right hon. Friend the Minister Without Portfolio made a statement on this subject today.