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Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007, [S]

The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill was published on 11 September 2006. The Act will require local authorities to ensure that food and drink provided in schools meet basic nutritional requirements. The bill will affect school vending machines, breakfast clubs, tuck shops and lunches. It will also allow schools to provide snacks to pupils at other times during the day other than lunch and will require education authorities to promote school meals.

Background
The consultation on the proposed bill took place during April and July 2006. The legislation is to build on and support existing policies, such as Hungry for Success, Nutritional Guidance for Early Years and health promoting schools.

Sections 1 - 2
These sections lay out proposed duties in relation to promotion of health. Scottish Ministers and education authorities would be required to endeavour to ensure that all schools are health promoting.

Sections 3 - 8
These sections outline new proposals in relation to food and drink. Education authorities would be required by the new proposals to ensure that food and drink provided in schools meet basic nutritional requirements. Education authorities would also have to promote school meals and ensure that all pupils entitled to free school meals receive them.

Sections 9 - 10
These sections cover general matters relating to the bill.


For more details read the bill, Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill, and its accompanying explanatory notes, which are available on the Scottish Parliament website.

Further information

Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill (as introduced)
Explanatory notes
Policy memorandum
Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act