§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research he is(a) commissioning and (b) evaluating on the link between high blood pressure and salt levels in food. 
§ Ms Jowell
I have been asked to reply.
At the request of the Department, the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation, hosted a seminar to bring together a wide range of scientific opinion from academia and industry to review the link between high blood pressure and salt consumption, and to consider whether a reduction in salt consumption for the general population is advisable. A report is expected later this year.
The Department has not commissioned research on the links between high blood pressure and salt levels in food.