Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (476)

Denise Mitchell

Ceist:

476. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of schools in receipt of the EU school milk scheme; the number of students who received an allocation from the scheme in each of the past five academic years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11570/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The number of schools and the number of children participating in the School Milk Scheme for the last five academic years, is as follows.

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*2017/18

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

No. of Schools

* 531

691

782

899

1,061

Approx. No. of Children

* 69,514

38,536

42,544

47,791

51,160

It should be noted that not every child in every school is participating in the school milk scheme.

* It should be noted that there was a change in the methodology of calculation by the Department following the change in the EU Regulatory framework with effect from August 2017.