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Asked on: 12 December 2018
Home Office
Criminal Investigation: Internet
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' changes to accessing WHOIS data have materially affected or delayed any investigations into online crimes against (1) adults, and (2) children, since they came into force; and whether any UK law enforcement agencies have had to incur additional expenditure as a result of those rules in order to further their investigations into such matters.
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Asked on: 29 November 2017
HM Treasury
Soft Drinks: Taxation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to use any of the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to fund preventative oral health programmes.
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Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 13 December 2017

The government has already confirmed that, in England, we will invest the revenue during this parliament on giving school-aged children a better and healthier future, including programmes to reduce obesity and encourage physical activity and balanced diets.

Improving children’s oral health is a priority for this government. Public Health England is leading a wide ranging multi-agency programme focused on improving children’s oral health, and NHS England’s Starting Well programme will run in thirteen high needs areas to improve access to dental services for children known to be at greater risk of dental disease and who are not currently being seen by a dentist.

The Department of Health and NHS England are also testing a new NHS dental contract which supports the longer term aim for all care to have a preventative focus.

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Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department of Health
Dental Services: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend NHS England's new Starting Well: A Smile4Life Initiative beyond the 13 areas in which it is initially being dleivered.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

NHS England’s Starting Well programme will work in 13 high needs areas to reach children most at risk of tooth decay who are not currently seeing a dentist. Alongside this, NHS England is also developing a complementary Starting Well Core offer, a commissioning approach designed to facilitate increased access and early preventive care for young children.

The offer will be made available in 2018, with NHS England commissioners making local decisions on use based on their assessment of need locally.

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Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department of Health
Sugar: Sales Promotions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to limit the availability of high sugar products (1) in supermarket price promotions, and (2) at the point of sale.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

Key measures in our world-leading childhood obesity plan, launched in August 2016, include the soft drinks industry levy and sugar reduction and wider reformulation programme, which will encourage the food and drink industry to reduce the amount of sugar in products popular with children.

Monitoring of progress by Public Health England (PHE) towards achieving the 20% sugar reduction by 2020 will be achieved through the use of sales weighted average sugar levels and reviewing changes in product sales towards lower or no added sugar products. If businesses over-promote high sugar products, they will be less likely to achieve the sales weighted average sugar level per 100 grams for the 20% reduction.

PHE will publish a detailed assessment of progress against delivering the 5% sugar reduction for the first year of the programme in March 2018. We will use this to determine whether sufficient progress has been made and whether alternative levers need to be considered.

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Asked on: 29 November 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publiish the next Child Dental Health Survey.
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Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The national Child Dental Health Surveys are undertaken every 10 years and the next survey is due to be undertaken in 2023. The last survey for England, Wales and Northern Ireland took place in 2013 and the findings were published in March 2015. A copy of the Children’s Dental Health Survey 2013: Executive Summary is attached.

Children's Dental Health Survey 2013 (PDF Document, 307.32 KB)
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