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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the financial support that the UK will receive from the European School Milk Scheme for the academic year 2017-18.
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.
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.