Nick Clegg in a school dining hall
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Free school meals: Nick Clegg defends coalition policy

15 May 2014 Last updated at 11:44 BST

Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, has defended the coalition's free school meals policy against accusations of mismanagement.

Mr Clegg announced the £1bn policy late last year, which would see all pupils under seven in England given free school meals by September.

In a joint Times article on Thursday, Education Secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws declared they were "not at war" over funding.

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Clegg said the money would be provided to support headteachers in implementing the scheme, insisting the programme was properly budgeted.