Primary school children in deprived areas will be given free healthy school meals in a £20m drive to cut obesity and get young people eating more healthily, health secretary Alan Johnson and children's secretary Ed Balls announced yesterday.

Local authorities in deprived areas are being invited to bid to take part in a two-year pilot that will investigate whether free school meals reduce obesity, change home eating habits and improve health.

For more details, go to www.dcsf.gov.uk