HC Deb 17 April 1978 vol 948 cc22-3W
Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how, pursuant to the relevant announcement in the Budget Statement, she will reimburse local education authorities for the increased cost of providing school meals which is not to be recovered by increased charges for those meals; and whether she will confirm that no extra cost will fall upon the rates.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Local authorities will be reimbursed in full for the income which they might otherwise have expected from higher school meal charges at the beginning of the next school year. My right hon. Friend has already initiated discussions with the local authority associations on the means of reimbursement.

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