Sugar: Schools

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage all schools to become sugar free, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeon's Faculty of Dental Surgery's report The state of children's oral health in England, published in August.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The government is committed to improving children’s oral health, particularly in deprived areas.

The new School Food Standards came in to force from January 2015. These standards have been widely welcomed, but since then new advice on sugar and nutrition has been published.

Therefore, the Department for Education, supported by Public Health England, will update the School Food Standards in light of revised government dietary recommendations. The update will be comprehensive on reducing sugar consumption and will be coupled with detailed guidance to caterers and schools, so they are well prepared to adapt to the changes.

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