Urgent Question on the childhood obesity strategy: 23 May 2016

23 May 2016

Minister for Community and Social Care, Alastair Burt, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, in the House of Commons on dietary advice and the Childhood Obesity Strategy.

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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper on obesity statistics which contains more information on obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.

About Urgent Questions

At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.

The relevant government department would be informed at once.

If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.

Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.

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