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S5W-00848: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 16 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will discuss with the retail sector adopting a code of practice or agreement on the sale of food and drink to schoolchildren in the vicinity of schools, and what powers it has to regulate the price, promotion and display of unhealthy products in such circumstances.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 27 June 2016

The Scottish Government is engaging with retailers and caterers through our supporting healthy choices framework, challenging them to rebalance their promotions and support children and families to make healthier choices.

Our beyond the school gate guidance sets out options and invites local authorities, schools, caterers and retailers, and other partners to consider what they can do to positively influence the food environment for school pupils. This includes options to encourage children and young people to stay on site and purchase school food as well as increase the availability of healthier options outside of school. Reviewing how the guidance is operating will form part of our bringing forward a new diet and obesity framework.