Banning Junk Food on Public Transport

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor what consideration has been given to the banning of all junk food on public transport - that policy suggestion having been made at the 24th European Congress on Obesity at Oporto in May 2017 and supported by Professor Jason Halford, from the European Association of Obesity and head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool.


Answer for Banning Junk Food on Public Transport

Answer for Banning Junk Food on Public Transport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Transport Strategy is built around the Healthy Streets approach, designed to encourage a more active lifestyle.  By 2041, my aim is for Londoners to do at least 20 minutes of active travel they need to stay healthy.

Unlike banning smoking or alcohol consumption, it would be difficult to define and justify a ban of certain foods consumed on public transport on public health grounds. It is important though to make sure healthy foods are available and affordable to buy across London. That is why I support programmes including Healthy Schools for London, the Healthier Catering Commitment and the Healthy Workplaces Charter.