Parliamentary activity
In May, the Alliance set dates for meetings with five parliamentarians or their researchers:

15th June:
  • Diana Johnson, Vice Chair of the School Food APPG
  • Philippa Whitford MP, SNP Health Spokesperson
  • Simon Hoare, Vice Chair of the Dairy APPG

27th June:
  • Researcher to Rishi Sunak, who is a member of the Environment Select Committee
  • Researcher to Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the School Food APPG and Shadow Education Minister.

We have meetings secured in principle with three further parliamentarians:

  • Labour MP Andrew Gwynne (Shadow Health Minister). Likely to take place in September
  • Labour MP Nic Dakin’s (Shadow Education Minister) TBD
  • Lord Lexden, peer with interest in school milk TBD

We are looking to set dates for these meetings shortly.

The Alliance has prepared supplementary questions to send to three peers ahead of an oral question on children’s dental health on 7th June, tabled by Liberal Democrat Baroness Benjamin. We will be sending these to Baroness Masham, Lord Lexden and Lord Watson, to highlight the role of school milk in supporting good dental health in children.

We are continuing to liaise with Lord Lexden to table one oral question on school milk in the House of Lords – he has said that he will use one of his allocations for this session and will look to meet with us once this has been placed.

We prepared seven new written questions on the Eatwell Guide – questioning its impact on the consumption of milk by children – and on the European School Milk Scheme – asking about the Government’s future plans for the development of a new strategy to implement the revised scheme. We are liaising with MPs we met with earlier this year to secure their tabling following the Whitsun recess.

The European School Milk Scheme also received mentions in Parliament during May from Labour MPs Liz McInnes and Ian Austin, who asked about the UK Government abstaining on the final vote on the proposal at the Council of Ministers, and the amount of money claimed through the scheme respectively.

We have begun the process of organising a drop-in event in November, to provide MPs with information on the levels of childhood obesity and dental health within their constituency, to highlight the benefits of school milk, and to share some research we have commissioned into milk and children.

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