Milk: Children

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on providing free milk for children aged under five years in each constituency in each of the last five years; and how many children were provided with milk in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table shows the total amount the Department spent on providing free nursery milk for children aged under five years in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2011-12. We are unable to provide a breakdown of the total amount the Department spent in providing free nursery milk in each constituency as this information is not held centrally.

Financial years Department of Health total spent on providing free nursery milk to under-fives (£)
2011-12 58,919,594
2010-11 53,244,946
2009-10 42,462,189 .
2008-09 31,197,449
2007-08 27,141,395

The Department does not hold information centrally on the number of children who have received free nursery milk. The number of children attending each child care setting varies on a daily basis. However we can provide details regarding the number of milk portions (each a third of a pint) reimbursed. The number of portions reimbursed in the month of May 2012 was 21,125,608.

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