§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Social Security Act 1986 to restore to local authorities the discretion to make available free school meals to children whose parents are not on income support.
§ Mr. Burt
There are no plans to extend the availability of free school meals. Families who cannot claim income support because a parent is working 16 hours or more a week can claim family credit. In setting the child rates used in calculating family credit entitlement, allowance is made for the non-availability of free school meals.