"On Friday, Downing Street rejected the proposal. Insisting that there were no plans to introduce a sugar tax, the prime minister’s spokesman said imposing a tax “on hard-working people to increase the weight and cost of their shopping baskets” was not the right solution.
“We will continue with the approach that has been taken, which has been around working with the industry, working with public health bodies and the like,” the spokesman said, adding that Freeman was doing an excellent job as minister for life sciences." Here.
Far too much money in junk food and big pharma to want to stop the obesity and type two diabetes epidemics. Once the NHS is dismantled type two diabetes will be the biggest earner in the UK.