Meetings and parliamentary engagements 

Over the last month, we contacted parliamentarians across the UK with a range of communications:

  • A new set of meeting requests to MPs, including key parliamentary stakeholders who are interested in school milk, hold positions on relevant select committees, or have constituencies where the provision of school milk is important, to set up a range of further meetings.
  • A briefing to MSPs, outlining the importance of school and nursery milk, and requesting their assistance in encouraging the Scottish Government to support a post-Brexit school milk scheme.

So far, we have secured a meeting with Emma Harding, a Labour member of the Education Select Committee, on 25th October. We are currently chasing to secure further meetings in October.

As well as working to secure further meetings, we will also be setting a date for a drop-in event for MPs. We are currently in the process of updating our statistics on childhood obesity and dental health to support the event.

Parliamentary debates and written question

Parliament returned for two weeks after summer recess before breaking again for three weeks for the party conference season. During this period, Shadow Farming Minister Mary Glindon tabled a parliamentary question asking what assessment the Department for Education has made of levels of support among parents for, and the potential health benefits to young children of, extending the school nursery milk scheme to include all children in reception classes regardless of age.

Children’s minister Robert Goodwill responded that there were no plans to increase eligibility to all children in reception, but referred to the role of milk in the School Food Standards. Ms Glindon also tabled a question asking whether the DfE would make an assessment of the recommendations in Tetra Pak's Making More of Milk report to improve access to and uptake of milk in primary schools. It’s useful to see Ms Glindon continuing to raise school milk in parliament following her Westminster Hall debate earlier in the year.

Parliamentary activity
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