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Nick Clegg: 'Free school meals improve performance'

2 September 2014 Last updated at 08:08 BST

Free hot school lunches for primary school pupils in England will have a "dramatic effect on educational performance", the deputy prime minister has said.

Nick Clegg said the scheme, which covers children up to the age of seven, will also benefit children's health and family budgets.

He told BBC Breakfast that a small minority of schools will have to provide cold meals at first, as their kitchens are not ready, but that they are receiving to support to upgrade their facilities.