Parliamentary activity
Meetings and engagements 
This month, we met with:
  • Mary Glindon MP, Shadow Farming Minister (7th February)
  • Irena Hulova, Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Graham Allen MP (27th February)

We currently have meetings arranged with:

  • Lucy Powell MP, Former Shadow Defra Secretary (7th March)
  • Lord Storey, Lib Dem Education Spokesperson (21st March)
  • Marie Eagle MP, Former Shadow Defra Secretary (28th March)
House of Commons and House of Lords written questions
We received responses to two previously tabled questions.
  • Labour MP Julie Elliot asked the Education Secretary what plans her Department has to encourage greater uptake of free milk in schools and nurseries. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson responded that it already encouraged the consumption of dairy and that free milk is provided to pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 when served as part of free school meals. He also noted that schools are obliged to provide milk as part of the School Food Standards.
  • Lord Lexden asked the Government what guidance has been provided to primary and secondary schools to ensure compliance with the milk requirements of the School Food Standard in England. Responding, Education Minister Lord Nash stated that school governing bodies are legally responsible for meeting the Standards and that from previous surveys of compliance, the Department are confident that almost all schools are following them.
We also had three new questions tabled and answered.
  • Mary Glindon MP asked the Education Secretary what steps she plans to take to incorporate the March 2016 revisions to the Eatwell Guide into the planned update to the School Food Standards. Responding, Edward Timpson said that as part of the work to tackle childhood obesity, the Government has committed to reviewing the School Food Standards to align with the latest scientific advice but that the review was at an early stage.
  • Ms Glindon asked the Defra Secretary what estimate her Department has made of the financial support that the UK will receive from the European School Milk Scheme for the academic year 2017-18; and when her Department plans to launch its consultation on implementation of the post-August 2017 European School Milk Scheme. Responding collectively, Farming Minister George Eustice said that the UK expects to secure a budget of £3.6 million (€4.2 million) from the EU for the 2017-18 and that the consultation would begin “in the coming weeks”.
Westminster Hall debate

We are waiting to see whether Mary Glindon has been successful in the ballot for a Westminster Hall debate. Further application will follow should this prove necessary.

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