MP criticises plans for tax on fizzy drinks

MP criticises plans for tax on fizzy drinks

MP criticises plans for tax on fizzy drinks

First published in News

PLANS to impose a “fizzy drinks tax” aimed at reducing people's daily sugar intake is not the right approach.

That's the view of Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes.

Mrs Nokes who is chairman of a parliamentary committee dealing with health and nutrition related issues said: “There is no doubt we must reduce the amount of sugar in our diet, and fizzy drinks are certainly responsible for about two per cent of the UK's calorie consumption.

“But public health policy in this area cannot rely solely on 'spot-taxing' certain things the Government wishes to discourage.

"We need a more sophisticated approach - the population needs to be educated, given the facts about the consequences of poor diet and hopefully choose to reduce the net amount of sugar it consumes”.

The Tory MP added: “Furthermore, food manufacturers must be encouraged to reduce the amount of sugar they add to processed food to assist in reducing the amount of sugar the nation consumes. This is about changing palate and habit”.

Mrs Nokes said it's tempting to consider imposing “a complete ban on sugar in soft drinks” or to introduce “punitive taxes” but she doesn't believe this is the answer.

“Although it may raise revenue, I have my doubts whether taxes at the rate proposed would actually reduce consumption. And it would undoubtedly be the poorest sections of society who would pay the greater proportion of the increased tax.

“Healthy eating is an essential part of a healthy life, ensuring we remain nutritionally balanced and at a healthy weight.

"But we need a two-pronged approach: we must start by taking responsibility for what we and our children eat, whilst putting pressure on food manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar and salt in processed foods.”

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11:09am Thu 31 Jan 13

wossit says...

Thats there answer to everything TAX what a bunch of wasters.
Thats there answer to everything TAX what a bunch of wasters. wossit
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11:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

southy says...

Mind you taxing sugary drinks is better idea than putting fluoride in the water
Mind you taxing sugary drinks is better idea than putting fluoride in the water southy
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2:48pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Vix1 says...

Soft drinks are already more expensive than alcohol in most restaurants, so putting tax on them is surely going to push more people to drink alcohol when out and then perhaps drive?? I personally don't drink alcohol, but I am most put out when my drinks cost more than everyone elses!! Why tax soft drinks or "fizzy" (for the less educated!!) anyway?? (the "fizzy" comment said with humour against the MPs not to be degrading to anyone using the site! :)).
Soft drinks are already more expensive than alcohol in most restaurants, so putting tax on them is surely going to push more people to drink alcohol when out and then perhaps drive?? I personally don't drink alcohol, but I am most put out when my drinks cost more than everyone elses!! Why tax soft drinks or "fizzy" (for the less educated!!) anyway?? (the "fizzy" comment said with humour against the MPs not to be degrading to anyone using the site! :)). Vix1
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3:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Subject48 says...

In theory it does make sense as lets face it, thats stuff is bad for you.

But as someone pointed out, why does my pint of orange juice & lemonade cost 3.60 in a pub where a beer would be cheaper. Its madness.
In theory it does make sense as lets face it, thats stuff is bad for you. But as someone pointed out, why does my pint of orange juice & lemonade cost 3.60 in a pub where a beer would be cheaper. Its madness. Subject48
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