HC Deb 08 November 1976 vol 919 cc20-1W
Mr. George Grant

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children attended schools in the county of Northumberland during the school year ended August 1976; what percentage took school dinners and what percentage of pupils taking dinners received them free of charge; and how these figures compare with the corresponding figures for each of the last four years.

Year (October) Pupils in attendance Percentage of pupils

in attendance taking

school dinners

Percentage of pupils

taking school dinners

who receive them free

of charge

1971 82,658 69.2 20.1
1972 82,398 74.3 19.1
1973 86,767 76.5 16.8
1974 48,554 85.9 12.8
1975 48,872 84.8 11.7


  1. 1. Because of local government reorganisation the figures for years before 1974 are not directly comparable with those for later years.
  2. 2. The figures of pupils in attendance relate to a day in October on which the school meals census for the year in question was taken; thus the final entry in the above table relates to the school year ended August 1976.

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