§ Mr. Ken Hargreaves
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assist with the funding of the leaflet, "Reduce the Risks of Cot Deaths" produced by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The Government have today launched the "Back to Sleep" campaign, an information campaign aimed directly at parents and others who care for young babies. The campaign will centre on a Department of Health leaflet which will be promoted in the national and specialist press, and on television. People will be invited to obtain the leaflet which sets out the main steps to reduce the risks of cot death. The leaflet will also be available in ethnic languages.
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths has, separately, produced its own leaflet. We have no plans to assist directly with the funding of the foundation's leaflet but, as we anticipate that the foundation's advice and counselling helpline will face an increased demand during the period of the Government's campaign, we have decided to provide further section 64 funding to cover its additional costs.