School Milk

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Rural Payments Agency has made in payments related to the European School Milk Scheme in each region and constituent part of the UK in each year since 2005.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The attached table shows the total UK amounts taken from the annual European accounts for each year from 2005 to 2016. The amounts in the table are the payments made to the organisations that supply milk to schools, which have been claimed back in full from the European Commission by the RPA.

In years 2005 and 2006 the Rural Payments Agency were required to produce the accounts in GBP currency and in years 2007 and later, were required to produce accounts in euro currency to comply with Regulation 883-2006.

Year

Amount

2005

6,695,400.64

2006

6,552,414.56

Total£

£13,247,815.20

2007

8,204,965.56

2008

7,893,693.21

2009

7,553,825.13

2010

7,292,814.68

2011

1,900,066.83

2012

4,753,174.39

2013

4,525,499.84

2014

4,382,584.46

2015

4,325,618.91

Total €

€ 50,832,243.01

The figure for 2011 is a result of a repayment made by the Department of Health, where a decision was taken to fund the cost of the nursery milk provision entirely from their own budget. This resulted in the RPA claiming less from the European Commission that year only.

A breakdown by region and constituent part of the UK could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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