Junk food is to be banned from vending machines in English schools, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has revealed.
The crackdown follows a long running campaign by Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Hall Green) and former Black Country MP Debra Shipley, who have been demanding Government action to improve the quality of school meals.
The Government had already announced a crackdown on unhealthy food in schools, but vending machines were excluded.
Now schools have been set a 12-month deadline to ensure foods high in fat, salt or sugar are not available anywhere on the premises.
Other measures, due to come into effect next September, include making the quality of school meals a factor in inspections by Ofsted, the school inspection service.
And new kitchens will be built in hundreds of schools, as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
The School Meals Review Panel will announce nutritional standards, to be compulsory in schools, next week.
The panel was set up after a television series starring TV chef Jamie Oliver revealed the low standards in school food.
In response, the government promised extra funding to bring the primary school meal budget up to 50p per pupil per day.
In her speech to the Labour party conference, Mrs Kelly said: "The scandal of junk food served every day in school canteens must end.
"So today I can announce that I will ban low quality reprocessed bangers and burgers high in fat, salt and sugar being served in schools, from next September.
"And because children need healthy options throughout the school day, I can also announce that from next September no school will be able to have vending machines selling crisps, chocolate and sugary fizzy drinks."
Mr McCabe welcomed the commitment, but called for the Government to go further.
He said: "We've come a long way, and I also welcome the plans to improve school kitchens and training for the staff who work in them.
"But I have been pushing for every primary school child to receive a free, nutritional school meal, because I believe that is the way to make certain every child gets the healthy lunch they need.
"I know it would be expensive but it would be w worthwhile investment. We need to ensure children actually eat a healthy meal at school, and schemes like this have worked well in other parts of Europe."
Mrs Kelly also defended proposals to encourage voluntary groups, businesses and religious groups to open schools in the state sector, giving parents a wider choice.
But one of Ms Kelly's predecessors, former Birmingham MP Estelle Morris, said the problem was school standards - not choice.
"We have got to revert back to 'every school a good school' so parents have got good schools from which to choose," she said.