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Free School Meals: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Education

UIN 45173, tabled on 11 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2020 to Question 42022, what factors he plans to take into account when reviewing whether free school food schemes will continue over the Whitsun school holiday week in May 2020.

Answered on

18 May 2020

As indicated in my previous answer, the provision of free school meals is ordinarily term time only. The department met the cost of this provision for eligible pupils during the Easter holidays, and this was to reflect the immediate circumstances schools and families were facing as a result of school closures that had only recently been introduced.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

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