HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 c504W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what total savings he estimates will have accrued by the end of the fiscal year 1982–83 by reason of the restricting of school meals.

Dr. Boyson

The Education Act 1980 gave greater discretion to local authorities over charges and provision for school meals. By the end of 1982–83, local authorities will have saved about £350 million compared with spending each year at the 1979–80 level adjusted for inflation.