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Written Question
Carbohydrates
10 Jun 2021

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring inclusion of carbohydrate content on food menus to help people with diabetes to accurately calculate their insulin requirements.

Answered by Jo Churchill

Some respondents to our consultation on mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector suggested the inclusion of other macronutrients, most notably carbohydrate content, particularly in connection with helping people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar. However, we believe there is a balance to be struck between providing accessible and useful information for consumers while not disproportionately impacting businesses and their ability to shape their menus or the appearance of menu boards.


Written Question
NHS: Social Services
6 Oct 2020

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

What recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on ensuring that the NHS and social care sectors are adequately resourced during winter 2020-21.

Answered by Edward Argar

This Government is committed to supporting the National Health Service and wider social care sector this winter, as it has throughout this year. In July, the Government announced £3 billion in additional funding, alongside £450 million for accident and emergency department upgrades and expansions. Similarly, we are supporting adult social care with a further £546 million of infection control funding over this winter. Where health policy is devolved, the devolved nations have benefitted from the appropriate Barnett consequentials.


Written Question
Department of Health: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the safety of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by Jane Ellison

The Department has applied exemption s.38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 three times in the past five years as set out below.

2011 – both s.38(1)(a) and s.38(1)(b) were applied to one case.

2012 – s.38(1)(b) was applied to one case.

2013 – s.38(1)(a) was applied to one case.


Written Question
Department of Health: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the physical or mental health of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by Jane Ellison

The Department has applied exemption s.38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 three times in the past five years as set out below.

2011 – both s.38(1)(a) and s.38(1)(b) were applied to one case.

2012 – s.38(1)(b) was applied to one case.

2013 – s.38(1)(a) was applied to one case.


Written Question
Department of Health: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, in considering whether to apply the exemptions in section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Answered by Jane Ellison

No guidance has been issued to staff on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No.19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, about the application of section 38 of the Act. However, the Ministry of Justice has published its own guidance on the use of this exemption. This is available here:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/foi-guidance-for-practitioners/exemptions-guidance

Staff are advised that when they feel an exemption applies under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to consider the most recent Information Commissioner’s Office and Ministry of Justice guidance as part of the decision making process.