Food: Marketing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st March 2021.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's Tackling Obesity strategy, published in July 2020, what assessment he has made of the potential financial effect of bringing forward legislative proposals on imposing restrictions on the (a) promotion and (b) location of food products in shops on (i) small shops, (ii) medium-sized shops and (ii) shops located on high streets.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We carefully consider all views and potential impacts of our measures to reduce obesity. This includes feedback from a wide range of experts and stakeholders on specific policy proposals and in response to our public consultations.

Micro and small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) are exempt from both the volume price restrictions and the location restrictions. Stores that are smaller than 185.8 square metres (2,000 square feet) (even if they are part of a medium or large business with 50 or more employees) will be exempt from the restrictions on location.

The final impact assessments on the proposals to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar by location and by volume is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/restricting-promotions-of-food-and-drink-that-is-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt)

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