§ 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.