Written Question: Promotional Restrictions on Foods high in Fat, Salt or Sugar

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John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and (b) Public Health England on the introduction of (a) advertising and (b) promotional restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar.

Graham Stuart: The Secretary of State for International Trade has not held discussions with either Secretary of State for Health & Social Care or Public Health England (PHE) on these restrictions. Through the Department for International Trade’s work with our key Food and Drink stakeholders, we will continue to gather intelligence on how this policy will be implemented by industry. Sharing insight with colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who lead on food and drink domestic policy & the Department for Health and Social Care who lead on the Obesity Strategy.


John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of plans to introduce (a) advertising and (b) promotional restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar on technical barriers to trade for businesses entering the UK market.

John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the introduction of (a) advertising and (b) promotional restrictions on foods high in fat, salt or sugar on the UK’s competitiveness in attracting inward investment.

Jo Churchill:

The final impact assessments on the proposals to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) by location and by volume are 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

The developmental impact assessment on further advertising restrictions on TV and online was published alongside the 2019 consultation on this policy. This is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786554/advertising-consultation-impact-assessment.pdf

An evidence note was published alongside the consultation on the proposal to introduce a total restriction of online advertising for HFSS products. This builds on the impact assessment that accompanied the 2019 consultation. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/total-restriction-of-online-advertising-for-products-high-in-fat-sugar-and-salt-hfss/evidence-note

We will publish the final impact assessment on further advertising restrictions on TV and online alongside the full response to the consultation shortly.

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