§ Mrs. Wise
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many young people aged 16 and 17 years are in full-time education in (a) schools and (b) colleges of further education;
(2) how many young people aged 18 and 19 years are in full-time education in (a) schools and (b) colleges of further education.
§ Miss Margaret Jackson
The latest information available, for the academic year 1975–76 is as follows:
that 54 per cent. of free school meals were supplied to children whose parents were in receipt of supplementary benefit. In relation to a total cost of all free school meals in England and Wales in 1974–75—£17 million—54 per cent. would have represented £9.2million. A comparable percentage is not available for the other years concerned, but the total costs of remitting pupils' meal charges were as follows:
Financial year £ million 1970–71 10.8 1971–72 18.4 1972–73 19.5 1973–74 18.1 1974–75 17.0 1975–76 22.9