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Free School Meals Oral Question, 24/06/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 24 June 2015 Stuart McMillan (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with local authorities regarding the provision of free school meals.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod, replied that the Scottish Government has worked closely with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities to implement their policy of providing free school meals to all children in primary 1 to 3. The Scottish Government are fully funding that policy, providing 70.5 million over two years in revenue funding and 24.8 million in capital funding. I am delighted that more than 129,000 P1 to P3 pupils are now benefiting from a healthy and nutritious free school lunch. The latest statistics show that almost 99,000 more primary school children are taking a free school meal. That is helping them to get the best possible start in life and succeed at school, while also delivering a saving for families of around 380 per child per year, protecting household incomes and helping to tackle the scourge of child poverty in Scotland.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2015