§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The cost of subsidising the school meals service is estimated to be £362 million in the present financial year, and £313 million in 1978–79.
§ 48. Mr. Stoddart
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when she expects to be able to announce whether school meals charges will be increased during 1978.185W
§ 53. Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration has been given to introducing differential charges for school meals as between primary and secondary school children; and if she will make a statement.
§ Miss Margaret Jackson
Although on average younger children eat less than older ones they need more supervision at dinner time. In addition, because primary school kitchens generally produce fewer meals than those in secondary schools the average cost per meal in terms of wages of kitchen staff is higher than at secondary schools. These factors tend to cancel one another out and provide no basis for differential charges.
§ Mr. Canavan
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the latest estimate of the number of children taking school meals.