§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the percentage of pupils(a) taking and (b) entitled to free school meals in(i) grant-maintained and (ii) local education authority-maintained schools. 
§ Mrs. Gillan
The information requested is shown in the table:
Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals in England1: January 1996 (provisional) Primary Secondary All2 LEA-maintained schools 22 20 22 Grant-maintained schools 16 13 13 1 Number of day pupils who were known to be eligible for free school meals expressed as a proportion of the number of day pupils on roll. 2 Includes maintained special schools.