Oliver blasts Gove on meals

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has renewed his criticism of Education Secretary Michael Gove over the issue of school meals.

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Government responds to Jamie Oliver's criticism

Following Jamie Oliver's criticism of Education Secretary Michael Gove, a Department for Education spokesperson said the Government was looking at other ways to collect data on the take-up of meals in schools because the previous method had not been effective.

We made the decision to stop the old school meals take- up survey as it was not providing the detailed information we needed.

We are currently assessing more effective methods for this data collection.

– Department for Education spokesperson

Jamie Oliver renews criticism of Gove over school meals

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has renewed his criticism of Education Secretary Michael Gove over school meals.

Oliver, who has campaigned to improve meals in schools for several years, previously accused Mr Gove of presiding over some of the "worst school meals" in his time as Education Secretary and also attacked his decision to remove nutritional standards in academies.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove Credit: PA/PA Wire

Now he has told the Radio Times, "Gove does not understand food in schools. Taking away those nutritional standards is an incredible abuse of policy. For the life of me, I do not understand why he's done it".

Oliver told the magazine that the Government was not collecting figures for the take-up of school meals, adding, "If he doesn't know, he doesn't care... he's obsessed with reducing red tape".

"I'm not going to waste my energy talking to this lot. I am going to put my head down ... and in a few years' time I'll be ready to bang on doors again", he added.

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