§ Mr. Race
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the local education authorities in England and Wales which provide free school meals (a) only for children from families in receipt of supplementary benefit or family income supplement, (b) for children who qualify under the former income eligibility limits and (c) for children who fall in between these two tests.
§ Dr. Boyson:
The information available in the Department is not sufficiently detailed to enable the question to be answered exactly in the form it was asked. However, based on informal inquiries, it appears that local education authorities in England are awarding free school meals 84W during the autumn term as follows, though several are understood to be reviewing their arrangements.
(a) Authorities whose basic policy is to provide free meals only for children whose parents receive supplementary benefit or family income supplement.
- Cheshire (secondary pupils only)
- East Sussex
- Hereford and Worcester
- Isle of Wight
- West Sussex
(b) Authorities using the November 1979 income scale (which is based on net parental income) or an uprated version of that scale.
- Cheshire (primary only)
- Newcastle on Tyne
- North Tyneside
- St. Helens
- South Tyneside
- Waltham Forest
(c) Authorities awarding free school meals on the basis of policies falling between (a) and (b) including those using an income scale based on gross parental income.
- Kingston on Thames
- North Yorkshire
LEA arrangements for the provision of free school meals in Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
§ Dr. Boyson:
According to information obtained informally by the Department in July, local education authorities in England were planning to charge for fixed-price school meals this term as follows:
Avon 50p Barking 40p Barnet 40p Barnsley 35p Bedfordshire 55p Berkshire 40p Bexley 50p Birmingham 40p Bolton 40p Bradford 40p Brent 35p Bromley 50p Buckinghamshire 50p
Bury 40p Calderdale 35p Cambridgeshire 45p Cheshire 50p Cleveland 40p Cornwall 45p Coventry 45p Croydon 40p Cumbria 45p Derbyshire 40p* Devon 50p Doncaster 35p Dorset 45p Dudley 40p Durham 36p Ealing 50p East Sussex 45p Enfield 50p Essex 50p Gateshead 35p Gloucestershire 50p Hampshire 50p Haringey 40p Harrow 40p Havering 50p Hereford and Worcester 45p Hertfordshire 55p Hillingdon 45p Hounslow 35p Humberside 50p ILEA 35p Isle of Wight 45p* Kent 40p* Kingston on Thames 45p* Kirklees 35p Knowsley 40p Lancashire 40p Leeds 35p Leicestershire 50p* Lincolnshire 50p Liverpool 40p Manchester 40p Merton 45p Newcastle 40p Newham 35p Norfolk 50p Northamptonshire 55p North Tyneside 35p Northumberland 55p North Yorkshire 50p Nottinghamshire 50p Oldham 40p Oxfordshire 40p Redbridge 60p Richmond 50p Rochdale 40p Rotherham 35p St. Helens 40p Salford 40p Shropshire 40p Sandwell 40p Sefton 45p Sheffield 38p* Solihull 50p Somerset 45p South Tyneside 40p Staffordshire 35p* Stockport 45p Suffolk 45p Sunderland 35p Surrey 45p Sutton 40p Tameside 35p Trafford 45p
Wakefield 35p Walsall 35p Waltham Forest 35p Warwickshire 50p West Sussex 40p Wigan 35p Wiltshire 45p* Wirral 45p Wolverhampton 35p * These authorities charge secondary pupils up to 10p more.
LEA charging policies in Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.