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Diabetes in Parliament: 20th – 27th May

Westminster Debates and Legislation

MPs hear Urgent Question on Dietary Advice and Childhood Obesity Strategy

Mon, 23 May 2016 | Debate – Adjournment and General

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Dietary Advice and Childhood Obesity Strategy

Keith Vaz (Leicester East) (Lab) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Health to provide an answer to the urgent question on Dietary Advice and Childhood Obesity Strategy.

You can read the full transcript here.


House of Lords

Lords Oral Question – NHS: Diabetes

Thu, 26 May 2016 | House of Lords – Oral Question

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NHS: Diabetes 26 May 2016
Question Asked by:

Lord Harrison: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to deal with the financial burden on the National Health Service of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

You can read the full transcript of this oral question here.


Lords Oral Question – Obesity

Thu, 26 May 2016 | House of Lords – Oral Question

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Obesity

26 May 2016
Question Asked by:

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle obesity.

You can read the full transcript of this oral question here.


House of Commons Questions

Diabetes – DH – Jim Shannon

Fri, 27 May 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 encourage people to reduce the symptoms of diabetes using exercise and diet.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 27 May 2016

In March 2016, Public Health England (PHE) launched One You, an integrated social marketing campaign to engage adults in making changes to improve their own health and so help them reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes. The programme encourages adults in mid-life to make a number of lifestyle changes including taking more exercise, improving diet, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.

Additionally, PHE’s Change4Life campaign encourages families across England to “eat well, move more, live longer”. Type 2 diabetes is highlighted in the campaign as a potential health consequence of poor diet and inactivity.

NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have been working together on the Healthier You: the Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). By 2020, the programme will be made available to up to 100,000 people at risk of diabetes each year across England. Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk including education on healthy eating and lifestyle and bespoke physical exercise programmes.


Diabetes – DH – Mr Gregory Campbell

Mon, 23 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adults on GP registers had been diagnosed with diabetes in (a) 2000 and (b) 2015.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 23 May 2016

The number of adults diagnosed with diabetes is taken from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), this represents all patients age 17 and older who have been diagnosed with diabetes and recorded on general practitioner (GP) registers.

The latest data available are for 2014/15, when there were 2,913,538 adults included on GP registers. QOF goes back to 2004/05 and at that time there were 1,766,391 adults included on GP registers.


 Obesity: Children – DH – Dr Eilidh Whiteford

Fri, 27 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Dr Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account he plans to take of dietary inequality and food insecurity in the planned childhood obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 27 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.


Soft Drinks: Taxation – HM Treasury – Richard Fuller

Thu, 26 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Richard Fuller (Bedford) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what data or research by industry analysts were used to inform the decision to introduce a soft drinks industry levy.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 26 May 2016

Health experts have identified sugar sweetened soft drinks as a major source of sugar in children’s and teenagers’ diet, and a cause of childhood obesity. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends that sugar only forms 5% of daily calories; however, for children, it is currently around 15%.

The most recent published National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) reports that sugar sweetened soft drinks are the a major contributor to daily sugar intake for children, accounting for about 30% of the daily sugar intake alone.

The soft drinks industry levy will encourage producers to reformulate soft drinks so that they contain less sugar.

Industry data was used for the policy costing of the soft drinks industry levy announced at Budget 2016. Details are 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 – Ian Paisley

Mon, 23 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Ian Paisley (North Antrim) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the aim of the Government’s policy on the new soft drinks levy is to persuade manufacturers to stop selling the regular full sugar versions of their drinks products.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 23 May 2016

The aim of the soft drinks industry levy is to help tackle obesity by encouraging producers to reformulate their overall product mixes by reducing added sugar content, helping their customers to choose low-sugar and sugar-free brands, and by reducing the portion sizes for high sugar drinks.


House of Lords

Lord Blencathra – Obesity

Thu, 26 May 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Blencathra Asked by Lord Blencathra Asked on: 18 May 2016 Department of Health Obesity Lords HL5 To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make morbidly obese persons whose obesity is caused by over-eating and lack of exercise pay some or all of the cost of NHS treatment received for that condition.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 26 May 2016

There are no plans to make persons whose obesity is caused by over-eating and lack of exercise pay any of the cost of National Health Service treatment received for that condition.

The NHS Constitution states in its second principle “Access to NHS services is based on clinical need, not an individual’s ability to pay. NHS services are free of charge, except in limited circumstances sanctioned by Parliament.” A copy of the NHS Constitution is attached.

NHS Constitution(PDF Document, 568.7 KB)

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