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Are English schools ready to serve free meals?

15 May 2014 Last updated at 14:58 BST

The deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has insisted the coalition government is united over the policy of providing free school meals for pupils under seven in England.

But are schools ready for the change in September?

Phil Mellen, principal at Stanley Grove Primary Academy in Manchester, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire that their large kitchen and dining facilities could cope with the extra capacity.

However Jim Holditch, head of Godington Primary School in Kent, said older children would have to eat packed lunches in classrooms in order for the plan to work.

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