The use of fiscal measures to promote public health

Time 22 Mar 2011 16:00-17:30
Venue Committee Room 16, House of Commons


This meeting was held to discuss the use of fiscal measures to promote public health. Fiscal measures are, of course, already in use to discourage the consumption of tobacco and alcohol (and raise revenue), but in recent years the possibility of extending their use to other products such as soft drinks and foods high in saturated fat, sugar and salt have been discussed. Most recently, a Local Authority has proposed introducing a £1000 levy on any fast food outlet seeking a licence to operate in Oldham, where 20% of the children aged 10-11 are classed as obese, above the national and regional average. Supporters of such policies argue they are necessary to help tackle the problem of obesity, while others argue that better information for consumers and food reformulation on the part of industry make this unnecessary.

Guest speakers

Dr Mike Rayner Director of the BHF Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University

Martin O’Connell, Economic Researcher at the Institute of Fiscal Studies

Vanessa Hattersley, Company Nutritionist, Innocent Drinks

Meeting documents

Vanessa Hattersley slides - 22 March 2011 (1,266k)

Martin O'Connell's slides - 22 March 2011 (88k)

Minutes - 22 March 2011 (79k)

Archived meeting documents