Agriculture: Dairy Farms

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 10 December 2007 (Official Report, col. 24W), how much money has been budgeted for each of 2008—09, 2009—10 and 2010—11 for the School Milk Subsidy Scheme and the Dairy Supply Chain Forum.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

There are two elements to the School Milk Subsidy Scheme, one being an EU subsidy, the other being a national top-up. For the national top-up, the UK Government have committed £1.5 million for each of the financial years (the contributions coming in equal part from Defra, the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health). The total EU budget for the School Milk Subsidy Scheme for the 2008 EU financial year is €64 million. The budget allocations for future years are yet to be agreed. EU expenditure in 2007 in the UK was €8.2 million.

£81,000 was budgeted for the Dairy Supply Chain Forum for 2007-08. The budget allocation for future years has yet to be agreed.

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