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Healthy Eating in Schools (Wales) Measure 2009

The Healthy Eating in Schools (Wales) Measure 2009 (‘the Measure’) provides a holistic and comprehensive policy on nutrition which ensures that healthy eating is promoted and supported for all registered pupils of schools maintained by local education authorities in Wales. The Measure:

  • imposes a duty on maintained schools and local education authorities to promote healthy eating and drinking;
  • provides the Welsh Ministers with powers to make regulations setting out in detail the content of food served in schools, including powers to specify maximum levels of fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar in food provided for pupils;
  • imposes a duty on local authorities to ensure that a supply of water is available free of charge; and
  • requires local authorities to promote the availability and consumption of school meals and milk in general, and free school lunches and milk in particular.

The Explanatory Notes to the Measure provide detailed commentary on the various provisions.

Coming into force

Section 12 of the Measure came into force on 15 October 2009, which is the day the Measure received Royal Approval, in accordance with section 12(2).

The remaining provisions come into force on a day appointed by the Welsh Ministers by order, in accordance with section 12(3). The following Order has been made:

The Healthy Eating in Schools (Wales) Measure 2009 (Commencement) Order 2013

Subordinate legislation made under the Measure:

TitleCitation numberMade dateComing into force dateSupporting documents
The Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards and Requirements) (Wales) Regulations 20132013 No. 1984 (W. 194)8 August 20132 September 2013Explanatory Memorandum

Consideration of the legislation by the Senedd

The Measure was introduced on 14 March 2008 by Jenny Randerson AM. The National Assembly for Wales’s Standing Orders (at the time) provided for Assembly Measures to be introduced by backbench Assembly Members where the National Assembly had legislative competence in a policy area. Jenny Randerson AM was a backbench Assembly Member at the time she introduced the Measure. 

The Measure was passed by Senedd Cymru (known then as the National Assembly for Wales) on 8 July 2009.

More information about the Measure is available on the Senedd website including a record of the passage of the Measure through the Senedd and the Explanatory Memorandum which was prepared by the Welsh Government (as amended after Stage 2). 

The Measure received Royal Approval on 15 October 2009.

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22 February 2024