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Taxation: Food

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 11151, tabled on 9 October 2015

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the introduction of a tax on food with a high sugar content; and what assessment his Department has made of the effect of food taxes on improving dietary choices.

Answered on

19 October 2015

At present the Government has no plans to introduce new taxes on food and drinks.


The Government is using a range of approaches to promote health outcomes, including working with the food and drink industry to encourage the reformulation of products. A comprehensive ‘childhood obesity strategy’ will be launched later this year.

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