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Diabetes in Parliament: 2nd – 8th April

House of Lords

Sugar: Taxation – HM Treasury – Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Mon, 4 April 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark Asked on: 17 March 2016 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the comments of Chief Executive NHS England, in response to the sugar tax announcement in the budget, that “sadly soft drinks are now our children’s largest single source of diabetes-inducing teeth-rotting excess sugar.”

Lord O’Neill of Gatley Answered on: 04 April 2016

The evidence behind the comments from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive NHS England, comes from the Public Health England report ‘Sugar reduction: the evidence for action’ published in October 2015.

The PHE report states that soft drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children and teenagers in England, and that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. It is also linked to tooth decay.

This is why at Budget 2016, the Chancellor announced a new levy aimed at the producers and importers of added sugar soft drinks. The levy is designed to encourage companies to reduce the amount of added sugar in soft drinks and move consumers towards healthier choices. /The levy will from part of a wider comprehensive childhood obesity strategy which the government launch in the summer.


 

Department of Health – DH – Lord Scriven

Mon, 4 April 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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  • Asked by Lord Scriven Asked on: 23 March 2016 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 March (HL6926), whether the issue of the sugar tax to be introduced by NHS England in their own premises by 2020 was raised as part of their conversations with NHS England, and if so, by whom and which ministers were consequently informed.
  • Asked by Lord Scriven Asked on: 23 March 2016 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 March (HL6926), on what date the Department of Health was informed that NHS England was going to introduce a sugar tax in NHS premises by 2020.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 04 April 2016

We have a range of conversations about key issues at Ministerial and official level with NHS England. NHS England is independent and the decision on a sugar levy on the National Health Service estate is a matter for them operationally. We are interested to see the results of their consultation on a sugar levy.

The announcement of a soft drinks industry levy by the Chancellor in the Budget is the first step in our comprehensive Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, and gives companies strong incentives to reformulate their products.

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