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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12019: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 13 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of concerns regarding children's health, what its position is on a ban being introduced on junk food marketing on television prior to 9pm, and what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding this.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 November 2017

Our consultation paper 'A Healthier Future - Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight' published on 26 Ocotber makes clear that we strongly support this.

Following on from the publication the UK Government ‘ Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action’ in summer 2016, I wrote on 19 August to the UK Government on this matter, but they made no commitment to reconsider their earlier decision

I have, therefore, written again seeking a discussion and offering our collaboration in going forward. The recent remarks from the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP informing the House of Commons Health Select Committee that the prohibition of advertising of unhealthy foods before 9 p.m. is now under active consideration is welcome. However, as broadcast advertising is currently reserved, I am urging the UK Government to prioritise such action which would have significant benefits for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Alternatively, I am requesting that these powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.