HC Deb 10 December 1973 vol 866 cc32-3W
Sir G. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of children at school in the East Midlands had school meals at the most recent convenient date in October 1973; and how this compares with the figures for October 1970, October 1971, and October 1972.

Mrs. Thatcher

On a day in October 1973, 64.1 per cent. of the pupils present at maintained schools in the East Midlands Region took the school dinner. This compares with 63.5 per cent. in October 1970, 57.4 per cent. in October 1971 and 61.3 per cent. in October 1972.