Irradiation is illegal in Britain and until that is resolved I cannot answer that part of the hon. Lady's question. Present regulations require a great deal of information. They require a clear and precise name, a full list of ingredients and an indication of how long the product can be kept. Added sugar and salt already appear on ingredient lists and total sugars and salt can be and are included in nutritional statements.
Does my hon. Friend agree that the most important factor is the mother in the household, who can give good advice about balanced food? Does he further agree that we should not get into a namby-pamby state about pre-packaged foods?
The mother in the household is entitled to a full range of information so that she can make a sensible and balanced choice. I expect to make a statement shortly about our guidelines on voluntary nutritional labelling. This follows wide-ranging consultations which have already taken place.