HC Deb 22 January 1998 vol 304 c660W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is Her Majesty's Government's recommended daily amount for fibre; and what assessment he has made of the amounts recommended by other organisations. [24459]

Ms Jowell

The Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA), in its Report, "Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom" published in 1991, set a Dietary Reference Value (DRV) for the population average intake of non-starch polysaccharide (dietary fibre) at 18 grams per day. In setting this DRV COMA took account of the recommendations of other national and international bodies in this area. Copies of the Report are available in the Library.