HC Deb 24 February 1987 vol 111 c152W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

asked the Prime Minister what was the estimated cost for the United Kingdom as a whole in 1985–86 of school meals provided free of charge, for (a) pupils and (b) staff.

The Prime Minister

The estimated cost of school meals provided free of charge in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is as follows:

To pupils 57
To adults 7

It was not practicable to hold a school meals census in October 1985 in England in view of the disruption to the service caused by the teachers' dispute. The Department therefore does not have the information to calculate the proportions of school meals expenditure attributable to free meals for pupils and staff.