§ Mr. Rosindell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to encourage the production and sale of healthier foods. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
[holding answer 11 March 2004]: We are working closely with the food industry 1018W and other stakeholders to encourage the production and sale of healthier foods. Our 5 A DAY programme is promoting the sale of fruit and vegetables.
We are currently consulting stakeholders and the public as part of the Choosing Health? consultation through the consultation document, "Choosing Health? Choosing a Better Diet". This will enable a wide range 1019W of stakeholders to contribute to the debate on healthier food. The Government will draw up a White Paper in the light of consultation.