Education (Provision of Meals) Act 1906

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Education (Provision of Meals) Act 1906
Long titleAn Act to make provision for Meals for Children attending Public Elementary Schools in England and Wales.
Royal assent21 December 1906

The Education (Provision of Meals) Act 1906 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom

Margaret McMillan and Fred Jowett were members of the School Board which introduced free school meals in Bradford. This was actually illegal and the School Board could have been forced to end this service. McMillan and Jowett tried to persuade Parliament to introduce legislation which encouraged all education authorities to provide free school meals for children. McMillan argued that if the state insists on compulsory education, it must take responsibility for the proper nourishment of school children. A report published in 1889 indicated that over 50,000 pupils in London alone were attending school "in want of food". Other social studies, such as Charles Booth's Life and Labour of the People of London, 1899-1903 and Seebohm Rowntree's Poverty: A Study of Town Life in York, 1901, found that nearly a third of the population and cities studied were living in poverty. The 1904 Report into Physical Deterioration followed the large rejection of men from service in the Boer War, as they were malnourished.

The Bill became law over the objection of the House of Lords.[1]


  1. ^ Ham, Paul (5 November 2013). 1913: The Eve of War. 1071: Endeavour Press Ltd. |access-date= requires |url= (help)