§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many schoolchildren in Wales are entitled to free school meals; what proportion of the total school population in Wales this represents; and if he will give the numbers and proportion of schoolchildren in Wales entitled to free school meals within each education authority.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
Information on entitlement to free school meals is not available. The number of children receiving a free school meal on a chosen day in October 1978 was as follows:
Number of pupils Percentage of school population Clwyd 10,778 14 Dyfed 9,718 16 Gwent 14,721 16 Gwynedd 10,372 24 Mid Glamorgan 15,437 14 Powys 2,781 14 South Glamorgan 12,132 16 West Glamorgan 9,080 13 WALES 85,019 16