HC Deb 13 February 1973 vol 850 c287W
7. Mr. David Clark

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her latest estimate of the number of children taking sandwiches to school; and what was the corresponding figure for October 1970.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The latest figures relate to a day in October 1972, when 526,373 pupils in maintained schools in England and Wales brought their own mid-day meal to school. This compares with 594,298 a year earlier. No figures for 1970 or earlier years are available.