Parliamentary activity
The Alliance has meetings with three parliamentarians scheduled for 1st March 2016. These are:

  • Labour MP Jenny Chapman (Shadow Childcare Minister)
  • Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams (Secretary/Treasurer, Dairy APPG)
  • Crossbench peer Baroness Masham of Ilton (Co-Chair, Health APPG; Secretary, Primary Care and Public Heath)

The Alliance has secured a further two meetings with parliamentarians, scheduled for 16th March. These are:

  • SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron (Vice Chair, Dairy APPG)
  • Labour peer Lord Watson of Invergowrie (Lords Education Spokesperson)

The Alliance has further meetings agreed in principle with three other parliamentarians. These are:

  • Labour MP Andrew Gwynne (Shadow Health Minister)
  • SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie (Member, Environment Select Committee; Vice Chair, Health Select Committee)
  • Labour MP Diana Johnson (Vice Chair, School Food APPG; Vice Chair, Fit and Healthy Childhood APPG)

Two peers were briefed by the Alliance ahead of Lord Storey’s oral question in the House of Lords on food and nutrition in schools. Crossbench peer Baroness Masham asked for information on the provision of school milk as she is aware children are now suffering from rickets, and Shadow Education Minister Lord Watson asked why academies established between 2010 and 2014 do not have to comply with the School Food Standards.  Education Minister Lord Nash responded that Baroness Masham made a “good point”, and informed Lord Watson that high levels of voluntary compliance with the School Food Standards mean that further legislation is not required. Lord Nash also responded to a question by Conservative peer Lord Lexden on the reintroduction of free school milk by saying that he would “consider” his suggestion.

Following an approach by the Alliance, Shadow Farming Minister Nick Smith tabled two written questions to the Environment Secretary on the UK’s participation in the European School Milk Scheme. Moreover, Liberal Democrat Lords Environment Spokesperson Baroness Parminter tabled written two questions to the Government on Defra’s plan to develop a strategy for the implementation of the European School Milk Scheme.
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