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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03936: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many families have children who have received free school meals in each year since 2005.

Answered by: John Swinney 4 November 2016

Information about the number of families who have received free school meals is not held centrally. Information about the number of children and young people in primary, secondary and special schools, who were registered for and taking a free school meal is collected by the Scottish Government. Table 2 in the accompanying supplementary data of the Scottish Government publication Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, No. 6: 2016 Edition provides details of the number of children and young people in primary, secondary and special school who were registered and taking free school meal on the day of the survey each year from 2006. This can be accessed at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School-Education/MealsSD/mealspesd/mealspesd2016.

The number of children and young people in primary, secondary and special schools who were registered for and took a free school meals in 2005 can be accessed from table 2 of the Scottish Government publication School Meals in Scotland 2009. This can be accessed at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2009/06/22104701/0.