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Milk Tokens

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many milk tokens were issued (a) to pregnant women and (b) to mothers for children in each month from January 2005. (72885)

The volume of milk tokens issued since January 2005 is summarised in the following table. These numbers do not include Healthy Start vouchers issued in Devon and Cornwall since the introduction of Healthy Start in November 2005.

Milk tokens volumes since January 2005

Pregnant only1

Pregnant + child/children2

Child/children only

Total

January 2005

16,350

10,323

693,682

720,355

February 2005

15,392

10,331

698,243

723,966

March 2005

14,739

9,672

700,975

725,386

April 2005

14,076

8,735

700,566

723,377

May 2005

13,626

7,607

701,949

723,182

June 2005

14,255

6,715

705,254

726,224

July 20053

13,932

5,557

702,782

722,271

July 20053

13,947

4,688

701,271

719,906

August 2005

14,258

4,334

701,524

720,116

September 2005

14,900

4,734

701,664

721,298

October 2005

15,883

5,446

704,854

726,183

November 2005

16,145

5,740

687,289

709,174

December 2005

16,435

5,960

684,736

707,131

January 2006

15,853

5,968

690,624

712,445

February 2006

16,271

6,325

695,404

718,000

March 2006

16,967

6,767

696,628

720,362

April 2006

17,475

7,155

700,584

725,214

May 2006

18,120

7,426

700,299

725,845

1 Pregnant only—pregnant women who are eligible for milk tokens.

2 Pregnant + child/children—pregnant women who have one or more children for whom they receive milk tokens.

3 Milk tokens are issued on a four-week cycle where the month of July has had two cycles.