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Free School Meals

Question for Department for Education

UIN 127400, tabled on 7 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of children in receipt of free school meals.

Answered on

20 February 2018

The number of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals is published in the annual ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical release – found under the files ‘National tables: SFR28/2017’ and ‘Underlying data: SFR28/2017’. For 2017 the information can be found at:

The next ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical release will be published in June 2018.

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