HC Deb 07 May 1971 vol 816 cc459-60W
Mr. Clinton Davis

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her estimate of the number of children in schools in the London Borough of Hackney who have ceased to take school meals as a result of the recent price increase; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. van Straubenzee

I have made no such estimate. All local education authorities have been asked to make a special return of meals taken on a day in the week beginning 17th May.

Mr. Dunnett

asked the Secretary for Education and Science for each county borough with a population over 200,000 what proportion of pupils in maintained schools received free meals on the latest convenient date.

Mr. van Straubenzee

The following information relates to a day in the autumn of 1970. The percentages given are percentages of all pupils present in schools on that day.

Wolverhampton 6.8
Derby 7.2
Leicester 7.2
Coventry 7.5
Sheffield 8.0
Southampton 8.2
Bristol 8.6
Birmingham 9.4
Plymouth 10.6
Portsmouth 11.2
Kingston-upon-Hull 11.6
Tees-side 11.6
Leeds 11.7
Stoke on Trent 11.8
Nottingham 12.4
Liverpool 12.5
Cardiff 13.0
Bradford 13.5
Sunderland 14.1
Manchester 19.0
Newcastle 23.4

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