HC Deb 24 March 1975 vol 889 cc2-3W
Dr. Hampson

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the percentage take-up of free school meals among those children estimated as eligible for them.

Mr. Armstrong:

It is estimated that about 80 per cent. of the pupils eligible for free school meals make use of their entitlement. The Department has stressed in a recent circular—1/75—the need for authorities to make every effort to bring free school meal entitlements to the notice of parents whose children are likely to be eligible.