Schools: Milk

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 23 April (HL2989), how much of the total amount spent on school milk subsidies comes from the European Union and how much from the Government.

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)

In England, between September 2006 and August 2007, 33,444 kilolitres of milk was subsidised. This attracted an EU subsidy of just over £4.1 million and the Government top-up was worth just over £1.3 million.

Putting this in context, the EU subsidy is worth around 3.6p per 200 millilitres serving, the top-up is worth another 0.8p while the milk costs parents on average 18 pence per 200 millilitre serving.

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