Soft Drinks: Taxation

HM Treasury written question – answered on 23rd May 2016.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the aim of the Government's policy on the new soft drinks levy is to persuade manufacturers to stop selling the regular full sugar versions of their drinks products.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary

The aim of the soft drinks industry levy is to help tackle obesity by encouraging producers to reformulate their overall product mixes by reducing added sugar content, helping their customers to choose low-sugar and sugar-free brands, and by reducing the portion sizes for high sugar drinks.

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