HC Deb 28 June 1988 vol 136 c199W
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how much of the extra £220 million spending on family credit is accounted for by the notional element allocated for the payment of school meals.

Mr. Portillo

The net cost (after allowing for the cost of free school meals which would otherwise arise) of including cash in the children's rates in family credit in place of free school meals is around £45 million.