HC Deb 25 January 1982 vol 16 c273W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the saving, at an annual rate in terms of current prices, on school meals and school transport during the present Administration.

Dr. Boyson

The reduction in local authorities' net expenditure on school meals and milk in 1980–81, the first full financial year of the present administration, was £116.1 million at to-day's prices compared with 1978–79. Local authorities spend an additional £2.4 million at to-day's prices on school transport in 1980–81 compared to 1978–79. On the basis of local authorities' revised budgets for 1981–82, expenditure this year on school meals and milk is expected to be £47.5 million less, and that on school transport £1.5 million more than in 1980–81, all figures at to-day's prices.