HC Deb 22 July 1987 vol 120 c261W
52. Mrs. Fyfe

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he intends to take to protect the nutritional standards of school meals in the event of the service being taken over by private contractors.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The nutritional content of school meals is a matter for the individual education authority. Under the Government's proposals for competitive tendering, education authorities would be obliged to submit their in-house operation to outside competition, on a comparable basis. It would be for the authority to stipulate, in the tendering process, the nature and quality of the service it wished to maintain and to monitor the performance of the chosen contractor.

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