Childhood obesity-brave and bold action Contents

Formal Minutes

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Members present:

Dr Sarah Wollaston, in the Chair

Mr Ben Bradshaw

Julie Cooper

Dr James Davies

Andrea Jenkyns

Emma Reynolds

Maggie Throup

Helen Whately

Dr Philippa Whitford

Draft Report (Childhood obesity—brave and bold action), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 22 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 23 read and postponed.

Paragraphs 24 to 86 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 87 to 93 read.

Motion made, to leave out paragraphs 87 to 93 and insert the following new paragraph:

We recognise the strength of the arguments for a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages, both in terms of the effect of the levy on sugar consumption and the potential use to which the revenue raised could be put. However, we are not yet persuaded that a step this radical should be taken. The introduction of a levy such as this would be a novel step which has not previously been tried in this country. The evidence from countries where similar measures have been taken is so far still emerging. As we show in the rest of this report, there are a number of other measures which can and should be taken to tackle childhood obesity. The time has not yet come for the introduction of a tax or levy on sugary drinks. We recommend instead that the Government take firm action in the other areas which we have identified in this report, returning to the proposal for a sugar tax only if those measures fail adequately to address the problem of childhood obesity.—(Andrea Jenkyns.)

Question put, That the new paragraph be read a second time.

Ayes, 1

Andrea Jenkyns

Noes, 6

Mr Ben Bradshaw

Julie Cooper

Dr James Davies

Emma Reynolds

Maggie Throup

Helen Whately

Paragraphs 87 to 93 agreed to.

Paragraph 23 agreed to.

Paragraphs 94 to 128 read and agreed to.

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 1 December at 2.00pm.




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