Andrew Smith – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Andrew Smith on 2015-10-19.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential of introducing tax on sugar-sweetened drinks to improve liver disease health outcomes in England.

Jane Ellison

There are no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. However all taxes are kept under review, with decisions being a matter for the Chancellor as part of the Budget process.

Public Health England’s (PHE) report Sugar Reduction: The evidence for action was published on the GOV.UK website on 22 October. We continue to work very closely with PHE and this evidence is integral to our ongoing policy development. We will publish our childhood obesity strategy in the new year.

Sugar Reduction: The evidence for action is available at: