School Milk: EU Grants and Loans:Written question - 64261

Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
Asked on: 17 February 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
School Milk: EU Grants and Loans
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her Department plans to launch its consultation on implementation of the post-August 2017 European School Milk Scheme.
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 February 2017

Alongside the much larger free nursery milk scheme for infants run by the Department of Health and the Department for Education, the EU School Milk Scheme plays a valuable role in encouraging consumption of dairy products and developing healthy eating habits from an early age.

A revised EU scheme will take effect on 1 August 2017. The UK expects to secure a budget of £3.6 million (€4.2 million) from the European Commission for the 2017-18 school year. This reflects actual scheme expenditure in the UK in recent years and is one of the largest allocations in the EU.

We have already briefed key stakeholders about the new scheme. In practice, there are very few substantive changes. We will consult on the detail of any changes to forms, guidance and scheme administration in the coming weeks.

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