Wefan Gymraeg

Proposed Tea & Coffee Ban for Under 16s Outrageously illiberal

Proposals to consider banning the sale of tea and coffee to under-16s in Wales have been labelled ‘outrageously illiberal’ by the Welsh Liberal Democrats.


The Welsh Labour Government has confirmed that it is considering the move as part of plans to make young people healthier and stop rising obesity rates.

Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

“It is beggars' belief that this is even under consideration.

“We are all aware obesity is a serious problem in Wales and it is important that we take action to reduce the levels across Wales.

“However, it doesn’t take an expert consultation to realise that tea and coffee are not responsible for high obesity levels.

“It would be outrageously illiberal to ban the sale of coffee and tea to under 16-year-olds, something which they regularly drink themselves at home.”

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