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Sugar: Schools

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL298, tabled on 22 October 2019

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.

Answered on

30 October 2019

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.