§ 18. Paddy Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the Welfare Food Scheme. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The current Welfare Food Scheme has served many families well since 1940, but no longer meets their nutritional needs. We have therefore taken powers in the Health and Social Care366W (Community Health and Standards Act) 2003 enabling reform. We will shortly publish a response to our autumn 2002 consultation on reform, and will consult on draft regulations in 2004.