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Diabetes in Parliament: 6th – 13th May

House of Commons

House of Commons Questions

Davies, C – DH – Type 1 diabetes

Tue, 10 May 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

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Chris Davies (Brecon and Radnorshire) (Con)

T1. If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. [904927]

The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Jeremy Hunt)

Last week I agreed to pause the introduction of the new junior doctors contract for five days and return to talks with the junior doctors committee. I commend the junior doctors for their decision to return to talks. They have agreed to suspend the threat of further industrial action and those talks are now in their second day. We have always been clear that we want to see a negotiated solution to this dispute, and the resumption of these talks shows that the Government’s door is and always has been open to meaningful talks.

Chris Davies

Last Friday I met my constituent Lisa Cass whose son Ben was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Ben had been showing signs of the four T’s of type 1 diabetes—toilet, thirst, tired and thinner—and Lisa took him to her local GP for an appointment. No test was done on the day at the surgery and a blood test was booked for the following week. The following day Ben was back at his GP’s surgery after a rapid decline which could have been fatal, and the air ambulance was called. Thankfully—credit is due to the excellent medical professionals who treated Ben—he is now doing well and is managing his condition. However, this case shows the need for awareness of type 1 diabetes to be improved right across the country. Will my right hon. Friend meet me and my constituent to see what more we can do to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and its symptoms among health professionals and the wider public?

Mr Hunt

Of course I am happy meet my hon. Friend and his constituents. A close friend of mine who wanted to take a place in this House ended up dying tragically early because he had type 1 diabetes and was not able to get the care that he needed, so I am very aware of those issues. What we are doing in England, which is different from Wales, is publishing transparent indicators of the quality of diabetes care CCG by CCG. Those data will be published before the summer recess and will enable us to look at the disparities in care. I am sure there is more we can do.


Liver Diseases: National Clinical Directors – DH – Paula Sherriff

Mon, 9 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with external bodies on reintroducing a national clinical director for liver disease.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 May 2016

The appointment of national clinical directors (NCDs) is a matter for NHS England. It has recently reviewed these roles and is now supported by 18 NCDs, although there is no specific NCD for liver disease. However, NHS England advises that clinical advice relating to gastrointestinal and liver disease will be sought from a variety of sources, including: experts at Public Health England for alcohol related issues; the NCD for obesity and diabetes for issues relating to obesity induced fatty liver disease; and through the Clinical Reference Group for Hepatitis C and the Medical Royal Colleges.

The full list of NCDs can be found at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/whos-who/ncd/


 

HM Treasury – HM Treasury – Will Quince

Thu, 12 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Will Quince (Colchester) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to set target levels of reformulation for soft drinks manufacturers under the soft drinks industry levy.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 12 May 2016

The Chancellor announced at Budget 2016 that the soft drinks industry levy will be charged on drinks with added sugar and a total sugar content above 5g/100ml, with a higher charge for drinks with more than 8g/100ml of sugar.

These sugar thresholds provide a strong incentive for companies to reformulate and are set to give industry certainty over the next two years. If companies reformulate their products, as many already have, then they will pay less. But it is up to companies how they respond to the levy.


HM Treasury – HM Treasury – Will Quince

Thu, 12 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Will Quince (Colchester) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will include a time limit in the terms of the soft drinks industry levy such that that levy would cease to apply if reformulation targets are met by soft drinks manufacturers.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 12 May 2016

There is no plan to include a time limit in the terms of the soft drinks industry levy, but the Chancellor keeps all taxes under review as part of the Budget process.


Soft Drinks: Taxation – HM Treasury – Andrew Gwynne

Wed, 11 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether industry analysts data was consulted in preparing the soft drinks industry levy.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 11 May 2016

Information on the key data and assumptions underpinning the costing of the soft drinks industry levy announced at Budget 2016 is available at page 12 in the Budget 2016 policy costings document available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/508147/PU1912_Policy_Costings_FINAL3.pdf


 

Soft Drinks: Taxation – HM Treasury – Will Quince

Wed, 11 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Will Quince (Colchester) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has analysed the potential economic effect of the soft drinks levy on the British soft drinks manufacturing industry.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 11 May 2016

The government will shortly be consulting on the detail of the soft drinks industry levy, and we will publish an initial impact assessment alongside the consultation. This assessment will be updated and refined when the policy detail is finalised.

For Finance Bill measures, HMRC provide a Tax Impact Information Note alongside the draft Finance Bill legislation, which we expect to publish in the winter.


Extended Schools: Finance – DfE – Dr Lisa Cameron

Tue, 10 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Dr Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow) To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2015, to Question 31427, whether her Department plans to provide additional funding to enable 25 per cent of secondary schools to extend their school day in the event that less than £285 million is available from the soft drinks industry levy.

Answered by:
Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 10 May 2016

The Chancellor announced in his Budget statement that up to £285 million a year would be made available to give 25% of secondary schools increased opportunity to extend their school day to offer a wider range of activities for pupils. The soft drinks industry levy is expected to raise £520 million in the first year and the revenue will contribute to this funding.

It is also confirmed that the Barnett formula will be applied to spending on this initiative in the normal way.


Fruit Juices: Sugar – HM Treasury – Neil Parish

Mon, 9 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of fruit juice a drink must contain to be considered a pure fruit juice for the purposes of the sugar levy.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 09 May 2016

The levy will apply to soft drinks with added sugar. This will include any fruit or vegetable juice drinks that contain added sugar. Pure fruit and vegetable juices, and other juice drinks that do not have added sugar will not be liable.


Obesity: Children – DH – Andrew Gwynne

Tue, 10 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether data other than the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey data is being used in the development of the childhood obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 10 May 2016

The Childhood Obesity Strategy will draw from a range of the latest data and evidence, including from Public Health England and other partners.


Obesity: Children – DH – Julie Cooper

Mon, 9 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Julie Cooper (Burnley) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to include in the Government’s public health and obesity strategies the recent proposal from the Local Government Association, announced in its press release, Restaurants should offer tap water to help fight child obesity, of 23 April 2016, on the free and proactive provision of tap water by restaurants.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 May 2016

Our Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will set out what more can be done by all.

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