School Meals

Thank you for contacting me about universal infant free school meals.

I appreciate your concerns about this issue, but I do not feel it would be appropriate or helpful to comment on media speculation.

I believe that every child, regardless of their background, should have the same opportunities. I am pleased, therefore, that this mantra is at the heart of what the Government is doing with school food - no child should be hindered because they are not eating a nutritious meal at lunchtime.

Significant financial support has been provided to schools to help them deliver universal infant free school meals. We have come a long way and the new School Food Standards mean pupils of all ages are eating good food that sows the seeds for healthy eating for life.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, will publish the details of the Spending Review on 25th November. I will, of course, follow this issue very closely.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.