Sugar: Soft Drinks

Treasury written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the introduction of the sugar tax on reducing the sugar content of soft drinks.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The Levy is designed to tackle childhood obesity by incentivising producers and importers to reduce the amount of added-sugar in the drinks they sell. So far, over half of all drinks that would otherwise have been in-scope have reduced their sugar content.

Public Health England have also released ‘Sugar reduction: report on first year progress’ which shows that soft drinks manufacturers are leading the way in reducing sugar in their product.

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