THE Health Secretary is to prohibit the sale of energy drinks to all children under 16– putting him on a fresh clash with Boris Johnson.
Matt Hancock has actually told the Cabinet he has decided to slap the age limitation on the products high in caffeine and sugar such as Monster, Red Bull and Lucozade.
Boris has vowed to examine all sin taxes and guidelines in a quote to roll back the baby-sitter state.
Mr Hancock’s ‘compose round’ letter to fellow Cabinet ministers has actually been leaked to The Sun.
ENERGY DRINK ROW
In it, the Health Secretary exposes: “Following a high level of interest in the assessment, we intend on announcing that we will be ending the sale of energy beverages to children under the age of 16”.
Mr Hancock includes that he is “taking a preventive method to mitigate the possible negative impacts connected with their excessive consumption by children”.
The Cabinet minister also confesses in his letter that the strategy is likely to trigger a battle with the Treasury, who might oppose the brand-new law because of the hit it will have on producers and retailers.
It has actually been provided a ‘red score’ by the internal federal government watchdog the Regulatory Policy Committee due to the fact that of the “limited proof offered to underpin the approximated business costs”.
The statement is among a raft that Cabinet ministers desired to push out before the brand-new PM takes control of next week.
The Company Department is likewise pushing out a series of new efforts on workers rights that Business Secretary Greg Clark thinks Boris Johnson might attempt to halt.
One federal government source told The Sun: “It’s interesting to see Hancock trying to get a new sin restriction under the wire prior to his manager Boris arrives”.
A source close to Mr Hancock stated: “There is a debate about applying sin taxes to products consumed by grownups, but preventing children from consuming harmful items ought to be a lot more straight forward”.
In his questionable attack on sin taxes revealed 2 weeks back, Mr Johnson singled out another of Mr Hancock’s proposals for criticism a planned milkshake tax.
The government should rather “encourage individuals to walk, cycle and normally do more workout” if it wants individuals to reduce weight, Mr Johnson argued.
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