European School Milk Scheme
We have received a response from Defra Minister, George Eustice, to the letter we wrote to Michael Gove on World School Milk Day, asking for assurances on a replacement for the EU school milk scheme Brexit. He noted that the EU School Milk Scheme plays a “valuable role in encouraging dairy consumption from a young age” and said that changes in this area will be subject to consultation.
We have also received a response to our request for regional data on the uptake of school milk from Tom Hubberstey, Senior Policy Advisor at Defra. He said that that such data could be collated at national level. The letter also invited the SNMA to a meeting to discuss the matters further.
We have compiled a summary of all the EU member states’ strategies for implementing the EU School Milk Scheme that have been published, paying particular attention to the complementary educational measures involved. The UK’s strategy is relatively generous, offering milk daily to three to 18-year-olds. The strategies also include details on complementary educational measures as part of the scheme, which includes subject content covered in class, visits to dairy farms and inviting dairy farmers into schools to talk to children.
We have chased MSPs who we sent correspondence to in September asking them to support a replacement for the EU school milk scheme through tabling questions, submitting motions and writing to Scottish cabinet ministers. Bill Kidd MSP has responded to inform us that his colleague Emma Harper MSP has written to Michael Gove to highlight the importance of school milk subsidies. He also noted that it is still unclear how much powers over agriculture will be devolved after Brexit.

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