Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Evans of Rainow during the 2019 Parliament

Child Obesity

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Evans of Rainow
Thursday 1st February 2024

(3 months, 4 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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I presume the noble Lord is referring to a product called Incredo Sugar, which provides the taste of sugar while reducing the amount consumed by between 30% and 50%. I understand that during the processing, a molecule is added to natural cane and beet sugar that moves more sugar into a person’s saliva, causing a heightened taste of sugar. To date, the product works best in solid foods, such as chocolate and baked goods. We are not aware of any similar research being undertaken within UK academia or industry.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D’Souza (CB)
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My Lords, the risk of obesity is greater in those who suffer food insecurity, costing the National Health Service £6 billion annually, a figure that is likely to rise. It is reliably estimated, meanwhile, that £1.70 is returned for every £1 invested in free school meals over a 10-year period. Does the Minister agree that free school meals for all primary and secondary schoolchildren would be a sound investment?

Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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I am not sure I can make that commitment to the noble Baroness. The school food standards ensure that children have healthy food and drink options across the school day and restrict foods high in fat, sugar and salt, including high-sugar foods and confectionery. The Department for Education continues to keep the SFS under review. It is right and proper that families that cannot afford school meals should be helped by the taxpayer, but we cannot commit to providing for all schoolchildren.

Medical Devices and Equipment

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord Evans of Rainow
Monday 20th March 2023

(1 year, 2 months ago)

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Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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My noble friend raises a very good point. Notwithstanding wanting to have the very latest state-of-the-art equipment in our hospitals, the surplus could still be workable and could be used elsewhere in the world, including in Ukraine. I will feed that back.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D'Souza (CB)
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My Lords, it is reliably estimated that, in 30 years, the cost of the NHS will match 100% of GDP in this country. Can the Minister say something about what long-term strategic plans are being undertaken given the eventuality of the NHS simply running out of money and the country running out of money at the same time?

Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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The noble Baroness raises an important point. As it is outside the Question and the remit I have here, I cannot give her a robust enough answer, I fear, so I will write to her.