I strongly believe that all children should have access to a good breakfast before school for the benefit of their learning, attendance, behaviour and attainment. I know that UK Ministers also share this goal and are committed to ensuring that no child starts the school day hungry. It is welcome that many support programmes are already in place that provide healthy and nutritious breakfasts to many thousands of children across the country.
The UK Government has spearheaded numerous policy initiatives to ensure that no child goes hungry, such as the National School Breakfast (NSB) Programme which was extended in January with £11.8m of additional Government funding. So far, 1,800 school breakfast clubs have been created by the Programme which now offers support to over 280,000 children in some of the most deprived areas of England.
As a devolved matter in Wales, responsibility for this lies with the Welsh Government. I know previously my Conservative colleagues in the Welsh Parliament proposed to reform free school meals. This is a very important issue and, like me, they take it very seriously.