House of Lords written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson in the Lords (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Cap Reform), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the retail industry to ensure that front-of-shop displays of food and confectionery contain less junk food and food harmful to children.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Government are working with industry leaders and other relevant stakeholders on a healthy food code of good practice, as set out in Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A Cross-government Strategy for England, published in January 2008. Copies of the strategy are available in the Library. The healthy food code of good practice makes clear that the Government will continue to work with industry on all areas of food promotion—including point of sale—to reduce children's exposure to promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar, and increase their exposure to the promotion of healthier options.

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