§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the Milk Welfare Scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
[holding answer 7 July 2003]: The consultation paper setting out the Government's intention to reform the Welfare Food Scheme, "Healthy Start: proposals for reform of the Welfare Food Scheme", was published in October 2002. The Government published a summary of the responses received on 16 March 2003. Copies of both documents are available in the Library and are also available on the Department of Health's website at www.doh.gov.uk/ healthystart. The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, which is before Parliament, contains the required legislation to reform the Welfare Food Scheme.