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S5W-13495: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-10912 by Mark McDonald on 22 September 2017 and, in light of reported increased awareness of period poverty, whether it will include sanitary products in the baby box.

Answered by: Maree Todd 9 January 2018

This highlighted that mothers were satisfied with inclusion of maternity towels in the box. However, we did not receive any requests from mothers for the inclusion of further sanitary products in Scotland’s Baby Box. As such, there are no plans at this stage to add sanitary products, however, we will continue to keep the contents of Scotland’s Baby Box under review - consulting with health care experts and, more importantly, listening to the views of parents, as the scheme evolves.

Our immediate priority on sanitary products remains with the delivery of our Programme for Government commitment to provide free access in schools, colleges and universities. We will consider further action in light of the findings of our Aberdeen pilot which will conclude in March.