MP to swap Question Time for Milk Time

30th September 2011

Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield, will help All Saints Pre School and Playgroup celebrate World School Milk Day by swapping his parliamentary duties for those of honorary milk monitor.

All Saints Pre School and Playgroup is one of thousands of schools across more than 40 countries taking part in celebrations dedicated to World School Milk Day this month. The day encourages children to drink milk and aims to educate them about the benefits of milk.

In the UK, school milk is free for children in day-care or primary education under the age of five, and subsidised for school students aged five to eleven. Milk is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom, distributed by students and consumed as a group. This process helps teach children responsibility, independence, manners and numeracy, and provides important social time in a child’s day. Further, milk is vital for building healthy bones and teeth and improves a child’s concentration, memory and creativity.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “I am looking forward to visiting All Saints Pre School and Playgroup to speak to pupils and staff about World School Milk Day.”

Managing Director for Cool Milk, John Sedgwick, said encouraging milk consumption from a early age is vital for establishing good eating habits.

“What better time in life to start drinking milk than when we need it most?” he said.

World School Milk Day is celebrated globally on September 28th. For more information go to