Angela Eagle and Steve Webb
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Fat tax: Angela Eagle and Steve Webb on unhealthy food

Labour MP Angela Eagle called for better food labelling and education, instead of a "fat tax" for high-calorie food and drink as suggested by a director at the University of Oxford.

Pensions Minister Steve Webb appeared to agree and said it was unlikely there would be plans for a fat tax soon, but evidence from Denmark should be examined.

They were debating with health promotion research group director Mike Rayner who has suggested a 12p tax on fizzy drinks in a Daily Politics soapbox film.

The bid is modelled on extra taxes for alcohol and cigarettes to curb their use in Britain and a tax on unhealthy food in Denmark.

MORE FROM THE DAILY POLITICS

More films from the Daily Politics Soapbox series

More clips and news on our BBC website; 'like' us on Facebook page; follow us on Twitter

  • 18 Apr 2012
Go to next video: 'Obesity as serious as smoking'