§ Mr. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children attended schools in Staffordshire in September 1970; what proportion took school dinners; what proportion of those taking school dinners had free dinners; and how these figures compare with the most recently available figures.62W
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
On a day in September 1970, 117,530 pupils attended maintained schools in Staffordshire; 67.6 per cent. of the pupils present took the school dinner and 9.3 per cent. of these received it free of charge. Corresponding figures for October 1972, the latest available, were, 126,291, 62.1 per cent. and 12.6 per cent.