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National Partnership for Obesity

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in establishing the national partnership for obesity; which organisations she expects to participate in the national partnership; what (a) role and (b) terms of reference the partnership will have; and when she expects the partnership to begin its work. (113175)

The obesity stakeholder engagement work, being undertaken by the Department, represents a national partnership for obesity by engaging representatives from across central and local government, together with non-Government organisations and industry, to develop a social marketing approach in the prevention of obesity. In addition, the governance arrangements for the cross-Government obesity programme account for partnership working between the national health service and other Departments, agencies, primary care trusts, NHS organisations, health professionals, local authorities, schools, early years settings and industry. All of this work is under way.