Food: Prices

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on developing a food pricing policy that tackles food poverty alongside public health concerns.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I recently met with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health to ensure a coherent approach across Government. This includes work to provide consumers with the information with which to make choices about healthy, sustainable and affordable diets.

Through the Public Health Responsibility Deal, the Government is working with business and others to encourage and enable people to adopt a healthier diet, and through schemes such as Love Food Hate Waste helping both businesses and individuals make healthy and affordable choices and save money.

We also work internationally to promote transparency, open global markets and a competitive domestic market to help producers and retailers offer the best prices to consumers.

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