§ Dr. David Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many schoolchildren in South Tyneside metropolitan borough council take school meals; and how many of them receive free meals.
§ Dr. Boyson
On a day in October 1978, the latest date for which reliable figures are available, the number of pupils in the area of the South Tyneside metropolitan borough council who took a school meal was 13,902, of whom 5,253 received the meal free of charge.
§ Dr. John Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has made of the impact of a reduction in the kitchen capacity of the school meals service, and a change in the type of food provided, on the meals on wheels services provided from school canteens throughout the United Kingdom; what representations he has received about this matter; what replies he has sent; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Boyson
None; and my right hon. and learned Friend has received no representations on this matter. If, in the area of a local education authority, the meals on wheels service is dependent on the school meals service, this is a factor the authority concerned will no doubt take into account in deciding what changes to make in the operation of the school meals service.