Soft Drink Prices

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 28th June 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

(1) what assessment she has made of changes which have occurred in the industry since publication of the Department's Soft Drinks National Pricing Survey in 1999;

(2) what steps other than the March Price Display Order she has taken in relation to the pricing of soft drinks in licensed premises;

(3) what steps she will take to assess the impact of the March Price Display Order in relation to the price of soft drinks in licensed premises.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs)

Since publication of the Soft Drinks Pricing Survey, we have worked closely with stakeholders to improve transparency of soft drink prices in licensed premises. This resulted in the publication of trade good practice guidance on price indications in the hospitality and leisure industry; the Price Marking (Food and Drink Services) Order 2003; and DTI guidance on the new Order. We will be monitoring with stakeholders the combined effect of these measures on price transparency and on the overall cost to consumers of soft drinks in these establishments over the coming months.

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