Diet and Healthy Weight Consultations

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30 May 2023.

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Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

We plan to consult on the detail of proposed regulations this autumn, in order to lay regulations before the Parliament next year, subject to the outcome of the consultation. There will be a period between regulations been laid and their coming into force, to enable the industry to fully prepare.

Our consultation this autumn will include consulting on an appropriate lead-in time for businesses ahead of regulations coming into force. Our prior engagement with stakeholders has been on the basis that the restrictions would not come into force before 2025 at the earliest. That remains the case.

We recognise the challenges that businesses are experiencing in the current economic climate. We have engaged and will continue to engage widely with business stakeholders on business impacts, and are developing a suite of impact assessments for the policy, including a business and regulatory impact assessment.