School Food Standards
The shift in the education policy priorities of the UK Government following Theresa May becoming prime minister, together with the recently launched education Green Paper consultation, means that the Education for All Bill is now unlikely to be launched until the spring of 2017.
Our plan remains to draft amendments to the Bill, for example requiring a report to Parliament each year evaluating the impact of the School Food Standards by region/take up. While it is unlikely that such an amendment would ultimately be passed into law, it will offer a good opportunity to discuss the role of school milk in Parliament, and the role of the School Food Standards specifically.
Following our meeting with SNP Health Spokesperson Dr Philippa Whitford earlier in the summer, we sent out a series of FOI requests to Scottish local authorities to gain an insight into the provision of school milk in the country’s primary schools. The information we have received so far has indicated that very few Scottish local authorities take an active role in promoting or monitoring the provision of school milk. We are continuing to press those authorities who have so far failed to respond to supply the required information, and intend to draw up a full overview of the provisions in place in Scotland to support the supply of school milk as soon as this information is available.

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