September 11, 2019
The government has dumped radical plans to use anti-terror surveillance laws to spy on shopkeepers who sell children high-energy drinks.
Government Dumps Plan To Use Anti-Terror Powers To Spy On Shopkeepers Who Sell Children Energy Drinks
The announcement came after HuffPost UK revealed that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had sought an exemption under the revised Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) Act to allow it to enforce a proposed ban on drinks like Red Bull and Monster being sold to under-16s.
But in a statement on Wednesday night, it said that “the use of these powers would be unnecessary and excessive and the Department will not pursue their use for these purposes”.
The plan risked fresh tensions between Hancock and Boris Johnson over what the PM has condemned as ‘nanny state’ interventions into the daily lives of individuals.
Following concerns that local councils were abusing the law to crack down on small-scale cases like littering and dog fouling, the RIPA act was amended by the Cameron government to apply only to serious offences that carried a six month jail term.But the DHSC applied for an exemption to make sure that councils can arm investigators with spying powers to enforce its under-16s ban on sales of drinks with high caffeine levels.
It would have brought the sale of drinks like Red Bull into the same category as sales of alcohol, knives and cigarettes to minors.
Arguing for the draconian powers, the department had said that the issue had been raised by local authorities to allow them to make test purchases to investigate suspected breaches of the new ban.
Officials suggested that the new powers to crack down would be justified given what the department felt was a high level of public concern over the issue and the need to enforce the law.
The government said on Wednesday night that the use of RIPA to enforce the ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s was considered as part of a range of options but has now been discounted.
In Theresa May’s final cabinet meeting, Hancock announced his intention to go ahead with a drinks ban, pointing out the damage caused to children’s health such as headaches, hyperactivity and obesity.
However, many Tory MPs are wary of using the state to intervene and monitor private behaviour, especially in cases that are viewed as non-criminal.
Johnson vowed during the Tory leadership race to review so-called ‘sin taxes’, including the previous government’s sugar tax on soft drinks like Coca Cola.
On Wednesday, Hancock hit out at a Treasury advert that hailed new plans to make cigarettes and alcohol from the EU duty-free in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Duty-free shopping with the EU is coming back, if we leave without a deal.People travelling to EU countries will be able to buy beer, spirits, wine and tobacco without duty being applied in the UK.🍺🍷Read more👇 https://t.co/a46CvaE8lJpic.twitter.com/uqvzPtoFbO— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) September 10, 2019The online ad trumpeted what the government saw as the benefits of new lower prices that would be available to consumers.
“Duty-free shopping with the EU is coming back, if we leave without a deal. People travelling to EU countries will be able to buy beer, spirits, wine and tobacco without duty being applied in the UK,” it said.
But the advert sparked an outcry by some health professionals and others.
Asked at the Public Health England (PHE) conference on Wednesday how the advert squared with his bid to make the UK “smoke-free” by 2030, Hancock made clear his own unease.
“We’ve got to keep winning this argument. Look, I don’t think that the return of duty free was really seen from within a public health context, shall we say, before publication. Certainly, I didn’t see it before publication but – leave that one with me.”
In its recent public health paper issued in July, the department came out strongly to say it would impose the under-16s sales ban on high caffeine drinks.
“Research has suggested that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children may affect some children adversely. In addition, energy drink consumption has also been associated with unhealthy behaviours and deprivation,” it said.
“Last year we consulted on ending the sale of energy drinks to children. The consultation showed overwhelming public support, with 93% of consultation respondents agreeing that businesses should be prohibited from selling these drinks to children.
“Teachers and health professionals, in particular, were strong in their support for the government to take action.”Related... Boris Johnson's Prorogation Of Parliament Was 'Unlawful', Rule Scottish Judges Chief Whip Reaches Out To Sacked Tory MPs But Move Branded 'Unapologetic' Len McCluskey 'Rebuked' John McDonnell For Backing Pro-Remain Brexit Policy
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Jason Derulo's underwear post has competition on TikTok | Page Six Celebrity News
August 10, 2020
r3Wmw20aZ9Q
Stylist claims J.Lo, Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl are worst celebs to work with | Page Six News
August 10, 2020
OcvJCiOX5SU
Terry Dubrow reveals how his family supported Max Dubrow after she came out | Page Six News
August 07, 2020
jGFWV9dRA-E
'A Thousand Cuts' Journalist Maria Ressa on Freedom of the Press
August 06, 2020
FEI1t5k1C4w
Jordan Fisher on 'The Big Ticket' with Marc Malkin
August 06, 2020
1ceuwyhbuwc
Chris Meloni talks 'Maxxx' and His Return to 'Law and Order'
July 29, 2020
ZFTDB-dwyUA
Bindi Irwin Pregnant With Her 1st Child | E! News
August 11, 2020
w8YQRQYFSOU
Howard Stern Gives Ellen DeGeneres Advice: "Be a P---k" | Daily Pop | E! News
August 11, 2020
J_WNapIVWZM
Kelly Clarkson Is Filling in for Simon Cowell on "AGT" | Daily Pop | E! News
August 11, 2020
T6aesVFz_Qo
Chris Pratt & Katherine Schwarzenegger Welcome Baby Girl | TMZ
August 11, 2020
uXmuZDylT08
Rudy Giuliani Believes Kanye Will Get Trump Re-elected | TMZ
August 11, 2020
I-JLMAzh8UA
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West On Make Or Break Vacation | TMZ
August 11, 2020
CCdJVZ2p6Ns
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Roma
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Cagliari
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Lazio
01
Aug
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
29
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Roma
29
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Juventus
29
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Sampdoria - AC Milan
28
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Napoli
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Norwich City
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Watford
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Manchester United
26
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sampdoria
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Wolves
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Newcastle United - Liverpool
26
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Tottenham Hotspur
26
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Fiorentina
25
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Sassuolo
25
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Inter Milan
24
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Atalanta
23
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Juventus
22
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Fiorentina
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
-g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.