HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 c1175W
Dr. Stoate

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to ensure that all schoolchildren at Key Stages I. II and III are taught(a) basic cooking skills and (b) good diet and nutrition; and if she will make a statement. [68344]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

All primary pupils have a statutory entitlement to food technology within the national curriculum. They learn practical food handling skills, including food hygiene and are encouraged to develop positive attitudes to food. At Key Stage 3, the Government strongly encourage secondary schools to offer pupils the opportunity to study food technology, and 90 per cent. do so. Food, nutrition and healthy eating are also taught within science and personal, social and health education.