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Diabetes in Parliament: 7th – 14th October

House of Commons Questions

Vaz, K – DH – Diabetes

Tue, 11 October 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

Keith Vaz (Leicester East) (Lab)

May I congratulate the Minister on his appointment to the Front Bench, as well as the Under-Secretary of State for Health, the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Nicola Blackwood), on hers? I am sure that they will do a terrific job in their posts.

As a type 2 diabetic, I am very concerned about the fact that local clinical commissioning groups are just not providing information on preventive work against diabetes. Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that diabetes will be referred to once these plans have been published?

David Mowat

I will confirm that. There is a national diabetes plan, as the right hon. Gentleman will be aware. Diabetes is one of a number of long-term conditions in which these plans are charged to deliver improvements, and it would not be acceptable for a plan to be signed off or completed unless progress on diabetes had been made.


Diabetes: Medical Equipment – DH – Keith Vaz

Thu, 13 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) have access to and (b) use an insulin pump.

Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people use an insulin pump (a) provided by the NHS and (b) that they have funded themselves.

Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people use a continuous glucose monitor (a) provided by the NHS and (b) that they have funded themselves.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 13 October 2016

Data on insulin pump usage in England is now collected and published in the National Diabetes Insulin Pump Audit. The report for 2013-15 can be found at:

http://www.hqip.org.uk/public/cms/253/625/19/520/National%20Diabetes%20Insulin%20Pump%20Audit%20report%202013-15.pdf?realName=hOfPw8.pdf?v=0

Participation in the first audit was low, with 44 out of 183 units providing data, and so it does not provide an accurate count of the number of people using an insulin pump. Furthermore, the data does not provide information on access to insulin pumps or distinguish between insulin pumps provided by the National Health Service or those which are self-funded. This information is not collected centrally.

Information on the number of people using continuous glucose monitors is not collected centrally.


Tax Incentives: Exercise – HM Treasury – Mr Laurence Robertson

Wed, 12 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce tax incentives for people who engage in regulated and supervised exercise to off-set the likelihood of diabetes; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 12 October 2016

The Government published the ‘Sporting Future’ strategy last December to support and fund sport and physical activity and the Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’, published in May, committed to spend at least 25% of their funding on those that are classed as inactive. The Government’s “Cycle to Work” scheme includes an annual tax exemption allowing employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

The Government keeps all tax policy under review.


Hodgson, S – DH – Childhood Obesity Strategy

Tue, 11 October 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) (Lab)

Lack of physical activity contributes to obesity. With today’s Health questions falling on World Obesity Day, as I am sure the Minister is aware, it is vital that we recommit our efforts to reversing rising obesity levels in the UK. An opportune moment would have been the childhood obesity strategy—sorry, the plan—that was published over the summer, but sadly it did not go far enough. Therefore, will the Minister commit today to ensuring that the plan is fully realised as a preventive strategy to change behaviours and help to make the next generation healthier than the last?

Nicola Blackwood

I congratulate the hon. Lady on her appointment. I am particularly pleased to see her in her place. She has played an important role in the all-party parliamentary group on breast cancer. We are very proud of the childhood obesity plan. It is based on the best available evidence, and it will make a real difference to obesity rates in this country. The Government are also consulting on the soft drinks industry levy, and we have launched a broad sugar reduction strategy. She is absolutely right to say that we must now work hard to ensure that we deliver on that with the NHS, local authorities and other partners as we move into the delivery phase of the plan. We are proud that it is a world-leading plan.


Soft Drinks: Taxation – HM Treasury – Mr Nigel Evans

Thu, 13 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on the employment of the introduction of tax on soft drinks.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 13 October 2016

The Government is consulting on the detail of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL). An initial impact assessment has been published alongside the consultation document.


Obesity: Children – DH – Deidre Brock

Tue, 11 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to implement his Department’s plans on childhood obesity.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 11 October 2016

The Department is confident our world leading plan, Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, will make a real difference to obesity rates in this country.

The Government is currently consulting on the soft drinks industry levy and a broad sugar reduction programme has been launched.

The Department will continue to work with the National Health Service, local authorities and other partners as we move into the delivery phase of the plan.


Throup, M – DH – Alcohol consumption and obesity

Tue, 11 October 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

Maggie Throup (Erewash) (Con)

Sadly, very few people are aware of the link between alcohol consumption and obesity and of the long-term impacts of life-limiting diseases—not just cirrhosis. To ensure that the impact of obesity is integral to the alcohol consumption guidelines, will the Minister, on World Obesity Day, put tackling both adult and childhood obesity even higher up the Department’s agenda?

Nicola Blackwood

The hon. Lady is right to raise the hidden risks of alcohol consumption, which is exactly why a widespread analysis of the evidence was conducted through this guideline exercise. She is right to say that obesity should be a top priority for the Government. We will analyse her question and look into it.


Food: Advertising – DH – Mr Roger Godsiff

Thu, 13 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Hall Green) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has made to the Government on the potential effect on health of restricting television advertising for unhealthy food on programming likely to be watched by children.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 13 October 2016

Evidence shows that current restrictions on the advertising of less healthy food and drink in the United Kingdom are amongst the toughest in the world.

The Department worked with other Government Departments in developing the recently launched Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action. The policies in the plan are informed by the latest research and evidence, including from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition report Carbohydrates and Health, Public Health England’s evidence package Sugar reduction: the evidence for action, debates in this House and various reports from key stakeholders including the Health Select Committee.

Copies of Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, Carbohydrates and Health and Sugar reduction: the evidence for action are available at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546588/Childhood_obesity_2016__2__acc.pdf

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445503/SACN_Carbohydrates_and_Health.pdf

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/470179/Sugar_reduction_The_evidence_for_action.pdf


Obesity: Children – DH – Jim Fitzpatrick

Thu, 13 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to engage with the Daily Mile to help implement the physical activity objectives of the childhood obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 13 October 2016

I have been in correspondence with Elaine Wyllie about the Daily Mile and I am planning to meet her in due course to discuss in more detail.


Obesity: Children – DH – Jim Fitzpatrick

Tue, 11 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what type of support his Department plans to provide for initiatives mentioned as best practice in the Childhood Obesity Plan in its roll-out in England.

Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to monitor and assess the progress of the roll-out of his Department’s Childhood Obesity Plan for Action in England.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 11 October 2016

We will measure progress annually through the National Child Measurement Programme and Health Survey for England. We are confident that the measures we have announced will make a real difference and estimate could reduce childhood obesity rates by about a fifth (330,000) over the next 10 years and the assessment of reformulation progress by food manufacturers will be undertaken independently by Public Health England. Moreover, if we do not see the desired progress then the Government does not rule out taking further measures.

We will continue to work with the National Health Service, local authorities and other partners to deliver the proposals in our plan. For example, we are doubling the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million from September 2017 and we will continue to fund a number of areas to support the plan’s ambitions including healthy start vouchers which gives healthy food support to the families that need it most. Alongside this, local authorities will receive over £16 billion to spend on public health over the next five years. We are confident they will want to prioritise action to tackle obesity according to local need.


Obesity – DH – Richard Burden

Mon, 10 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce obesity in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 10 October 2016

We launched Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action on 18 August. Our plan focuses on actions that are likely to have the biggest impact on childhood obesity. We will continue to work with the National Health Service, local authorities and other partners to deliver the proposals in our plan.

Public Health England helps local authorities to identify excess weight through various programmes such as the National Child Measurement Programme and NHS Health Checks, and supports local authorities to provide evidence based and effective interventions to help those individuals manage their weight.

A copy of Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action is attached and is available at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546588/Childhood_obesity_2016__2__acc.pdf

PQ46463 Childhood Obesity Plan(PDF Document, 336.53 KB)


Exercise: Children – DH – Jim Fitzpatrick

Mon, 10 October 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department plans to raise awareness among schools and head teachers of solutions they can choose to help children enjoy physical activity every day.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 10 October 2016

The County Sport Partnerships (CSPs) will continue to work with schools to raise awareness of local sport and physical activity opportunities. As announced in the recently published Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, CSPs will now also be working with the National Governing Bodies of sport and other national and local providers, to ensure that every school in England has access to high quality sport and physical activity programmes.

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