Baroness Jones of Whitchurch – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch on 2015-10-20.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a sugar tax on sweetened drinks in order to tackle the rise in obesity.

Lord Prior of Brampton

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

Calorie reduction, including sugar reduction, is being considered as part of the development of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy which is due in the coming months.