Sugar Tax

Thank you for contacting me about the introduction of a 'sugar tax'.

We currently have no plans to introduce a 'sugar tax'. However, I can assure you that we are very much committed to reducing obesity in the UK and its impact on public health.

Tackling childhood obesity is a major priority for this Government as we are greatly concerned about the levels of overweight and obese children, and the impact on individual health. The causes of obesity are complex, and can be caused by a number of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors and addressing it will require a comprehensive and broad approach. We are considering a range of options including the contribution that we, alongside industry, families, schools and communities can make. Plans for tackling childhood obesity will be announced in the coming months.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.