§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT as much detailed information as may be readily available giving the actual costs as a percentage of the rise and/or fall in the costs of school meals as at 18th June, 1971, compared with 18th June, 1970; and the number of children taking both these subsidised and free meals as near to the dates quoted as possible.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
It is estimated that the charge for a school dinner in June, 1970, and June, 1971, represented 58 per cent. and 71 per cent. respectively of the actual cost. For the answer to the second part of the Question I refer the hon. Member to the reply of 5th July to my hon. Friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Maude).
§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children in the city and county of Kingston upon Hull have stopped having school meals since the price was raised; what change there has been in the number of children taking fewer meals since the price was raised; in how many schools; and in which schools, having facilities for cooking meals on the premises, kitchens have been closed, cooking facilities are not being fully used or staff have been dismissed.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
For the answer to the first two points of his Question I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 5th July to my hon. Friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Maude). As to the two remaining points, my Department does not collect information relating to468W the take-up or facilities at particular schools. The hon. Member may wish to consult the authority direct.—[Vol. 820, c. 299–310.]