Television: Advertising:Written question - 53041

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Asked by Jeff Smith
(Manchester, Withington)
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Asked on: 15 November 2016
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Television: Advertising
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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of restricting High in Fat, Salt or Sugar (HFSS) food advertising during all programmes before the 9pm watershed relative to existing restrictions on such advertising on (a) children's exposure to HFSS food and (b) children's obesity rates.
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Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 18 November 2016

The Government recognises the importance of tackling childhood obesity, which is caused by a number of complex factors. The Childhood Obesity Plan for Action, published in August, considered a number of different policy responses to address this problem. Additional advertising restrictions were considered as part of this process, but current restrictions in the UK are amongst the toughest in the world and the plan focuses on those areas which experts tell us are most effective.

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