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Following a chorus of approvals from the dental profession concerning Jamie Oliver's petition for the introduction of the sugar tax, the Government has issued a statement on the issue which has, at the time of writing, 143,446 signatures.
"The Government has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
"The Government has committed to a tax lock to avoid raising the cost of living and to promote UK productivity and economic growth, however, the Government keeps all taxes under review, with decisions being a matter for the Chancellor as part of the Budget process.
"The causes of obesity are complex, caused by a number of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors, and tackling it will require a comprehensive and broad approach. As such, the Government is considering a range of options for tackling childhood obesity, and the contribution that Government, alongside industry, families and communities can make, and will announce its plans for tackling childhood obesity by the end of the year."
Since so many have signed the petition, the issue will now be debated in the Commons, with a date due to be set within the next 16 days.