HC Deb 13 November 1973 vol 864 c75W
23. Mr. Carter

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of all children at school now eats school meals; and how this compares with the figure for June 1970.

Mrs. Thatcher

The latest available figures relate to a day in October 1972 when 64 per cent. of the pupils in attendance at maintained primary and secondary schools in England and Wales took the school dinner. The corresponding figure for 1970 was 67.9 per cent. Figures for June 1970 are not available. Information relating to October 1973 is being collected and should be available in December.