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Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 457W on Health: obesity, which public service agreements published by the Government between 1998 and 2004 were related to levels of obesity; and what evidence he has assessed on the effect these targets have had on levels of obesity. (228979)

I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 457W.

The Government commissioned the Foresight team to undertake a detailed analysis on obesity in the United Kingdom. The Foresight report “Tackling Obesities: Future Choices”, which has been placed in the Library, set out the long-term scale of the obesity problem, and its complexities. In response, we have set a new ambition, and developed a new strategy “Healthy Weight”, “Healthy Lives: a Cross-Government Strategy for England”, which we published in January this year. This has already been placed in the Library.