School meal providers

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Dear Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government,

Dear Department for Education,

I would like to get information on the provision of school meals, specifically regarding statistics on the number or proportion of schools that use local authority catering providers, those that use private companies, and those that use in-house services.

Such information was previously available for 2013/14 from the school lunch take-up survey but I am unable to find figures for later dates. (

I would also like to receive the data (or similar data) that must exist behind these figures, ie. lists of which local authorities (and schools if available) provide catering services themselves and which contract out to private companies.

Finally, I would like any data you have on which companies have taken up contracts with local authorities or directly with schools. If you need to reduce this task, I would be interested in the largest providers, such as Caterlink, Chartwells and Sodexo (or others of that size).

Many thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Cockburn