Life Expectancy: Pensions, Health and Insurance - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 26 April 2023.

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Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care 3:07, 26 April 2023

My noble friend is correct: it is a key issue. There have been successes such as the sugar tax levy, which has reduced sugar consumption by about 40%. But clearly, you need only to look at the statistics to see that all western nations, including the UK, are facing this problem. It is a challenge that we have to attack. We can learn a lot in this space from Japan, where employers and the whole society are very much involved in the healthy lifestyles of their workers and people.