§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to alter the methods by which health boards purchase baby bottle feeds; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
There are no plans to alter the present purchase arrangements. A centralised United Kingdom contract was considered recently, but an analysis of tenders showed that there was little benefit to be gained by such an arrangement. The policy of the health Departments is to encourage all healthy mothers to breastfeed their babies, because breastfeeding provides the best infant nutrition.