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Department for Education & School Meals 2012

Lord Ramsbotham, IFBB’s Vice Chairman, asked a question during a debate on the question to Her Majesty’s Government as to whether they will enforce nutritional standards for school food in academies and free schools in the light of new evidence that some schools are reintroducing junk food.

His question is at 15:21:50 in the clip.

“My Lords, I declare an interest as the vice-chairman of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour which is currently conducting work in a school in Dagenham replicating work that in young offender institutions reduced the offending rate by 40%. Will the Minister agree to invite the scientists from the Oxford Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics who are conducting this work to talk to his officials about what lessons are learnt from this very important trial which has implications for behaviour as well as for nutrition?”

In following up this question, Professor John Stein, IFBB Trustee and Chair of the Science Advisory Council, wrote to Lord Hill, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools, and we have briefed civil servants on the results and implications of our study in the Robert Clack School.

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