“This is a landmark day for children’s health. Reducing our children’s sugar intake is a vital step to tackling devastating high levels of obesity, and can’t happen soon enough.

“There is evidence from other countries that show similar measures have helped to reduce the amount of sugary soft drinks consumed and we look forward to seeing comparable results here.

“We applaud Parliament for showing their commitment to reducing children’s sugar consumption and encourage all parties ahead of the general election to commit to tackling childhood obesity and upholding the implementation and robust evaluation of the levy.”