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GOVERNMENT POLICY ON EXTENDED FREE SCHOOL MEAL ELIGIBILITY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 298: tabled on 23 June 2010

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 43 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House shares the concern of several education unions, the Child Poverty Action Group, health groups and prominent academics about the Government's decision not to proceed with the extension of free school meal eligibility to an estimated half a million primary school children from low income working families, which would cost parents returning to work over £300 per child; notes that the recent Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 highlighted the disadvantages faced by those from the lowest socio-economic groups and the importance of giving every child the best start in life; believes that ensuring that all primary school children living in poverty receive a healthy school meal would make a considerable contribution to reducing both education and health inequalities, given that almost one-third of children are overweight or obese by the time they reach the end of primary school; further believes that healthier school meals have been shown to improve classroom behaviour, helping to improve academic performance and attainment; and urges the Government to review this decision as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review process.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Berger, Luciana
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Liverpool, Wavertree
Blenkinsop, Tom
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2010
North Ayrshire and Arran
Coaker, Vernon
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Gedling
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2010
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Tony
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2010
Workington
Danczuk, Simon
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2010
Rochdale
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2010
Heywood and Middleton
Evans, Chris
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2010
Islwyn
Flello, Robert
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2010
Stoke-on-Trent South
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Newport West
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2010
Ilford South
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Independent
Signed on 12 July 2010
North Down
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2010
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Luton North
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Hampstead and Kilburn
Jones, Graham
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Hyndburn
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2010
Wansbeck
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2010
Edinburgh North and Leith
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Blackpool South
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 June 2010
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 29 June 2010
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Mansfield
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2010
Gateshead
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2010
Halifax
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 29 June 2010
South Down
Rotheram, Steve
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2010
Liverpool, Walton
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2010
Ealing, Southall
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 30 June 2010
Upper Bann
Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2010
Bradford South
Umunna, Mr Chuka
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2010
Streatham
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 June 2010
Bristol West

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.