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Diabetes in Parliament: 23rd – 29th January

Our weekly parliamentary diabetes round-up is now out. See below for all the latest on what MPs and Peers have been saying, asking, and debating in Parliament this week.

House of Commons Questions

Obesity – DH – Jim Shannon

Thu, 28 January 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce levels of obesity.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 28 January 2016

Tackling obesity, particularly in children, is one of our major priorities. Progress has been made in recent years, but we know we have much further to go. We will be launching our childhood obesity strategy shortly. It will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will also set out what more can be done by all sides.

Diabetes – Cabinet Office – Jim Shannon

Fri, 29 January 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people of each age group and gender died from diabetes-related diseases in each of the last five years.

Answered by:
Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 29 January 2016

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA Letter to Member – Diabetes Related Deaths(PDF Document, 98.37 KB)

Obesity: Surgery – DH – Jim Shannon

Wed, 27 January 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure weight-loss surgery is available to reduce the occurrence of (a) diabetes, (b) heart problems and (c) high blood pressure.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 27 January 2016

The commissioning responsibility for severe and complex obesity services will transfer from NHS England to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on 1 April 2016.Transferring commissioning to CCGs will offer more coherent commissioning of the whole obesity pathway and patients will continue to be able to access surgical services for this condition.

 

House of Lords Questions

Obesity: Children – DH – Baroness Suttie

Tue, 26 January 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Baroness Suttie Asked by Baroness Suttie Asked on: 14 January 2016 Department of Health Obesity: Children Lords HL5055 To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Childhood Obesity Strategy.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 26 January 2016

We will be launching our childhood obesity strategy shortly.

Sugar – DH – Baroness Benjamin

Tue, 26 January 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Baroness Benjamin Asked by Baroness Benjamin Asked on: 13 January 2016 Department of Health Sugar Lords HL5038 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 13 January in response to the oral question from Lord Clinton-Davis on what plans they have to impose a sugar tax on fizzy drinks, whether they will consider introducing a mandatory sugar reduction target on all firms in the food and drinks industry because of the high hidden sugar levels in many everyday foods.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 26 January 2016

Measures by industry to reduce calories, including from sugar, are important components in any approach to reduce obesity. Some parts of industry have already taken a range of actions to help people eat a healthier diet, but the challenge to make further substantial progress remains.

We will be launching our childhood obesity strategy shortly. It will look at everything, including sugar, that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will also set out what more can be done by all sides.

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