§ Mr. James Lamond
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children receive free school meals in Oldham; what this is as a percentage of meals taken; and how this compares with each of the last three years.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
In October 1972, 3,706 and 31.9 per cent. Corresponding figures for the three previous years were:
Children receiving free meals Free meals as percentage of meals taken 1971 3,425 31.8% 1970 2,479 23.6% 1969 2,327 18.7%