Addressing the House of Commons, the MP for North East Somerset said: "I'm not actually in favor of sugar taxes because I don't think it's the job of the government to tell me how much sugar to give to my children".
While it is unclear how this will affect supermarket prices, Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said soft drinks prices at the pub chain will cost around 10p more than before.
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The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates the levy will raise £240 million in 2018-19 as a result, less than half the £520 million it was expected to raise when the Government first announced the move at the 2016 budget.
"Our teenagers consume almost a bathtub of sugary drinks each year on average, fuelling a worrying obesity trend", said Public Health Minister Steve Brine. Some or all of the cost increases are likely to be passed on to consumers.
Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper are all owned by the Coca-Cola company and all had their recipes changed in 2017 - presumably in response to the sugar tax. There are 35g of sugar in a can of Coke - the equivalent of seven teaspoons.
Famously sugary Scottish pop Irn-Bru will cut sugar from 10.3g to 4.7g per 100ml. The vast majority of our drinkers want to consume less sugar so that's what we're now offering.More news: Meet Qaidi No.106, Salman Khan of Jodhpur Central Jail
Will drinks be more expensive?
"The government should look at expanding the use of taxes to other products to tackle obesity and diet-related ill health, and at how the funds can be used to tackle health inequalities", said Clark. While the levy on high-sugar drinks is a response to the obesity crisis - 20% of children in the previous year of primary school in England are now obese - there is huge concern about children's teeth as well.
Research by Public Health England shows sugary drinks are the main source of sugar for teenagers and that many teenagers far exceed the recommended daily levels of sugar consumption.More news: Mexican Government Says US National Guard At Border Won't Be Armed