§ Mr. Chris Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list breastfeeding rates in England for each year since 1985; and if he will make a statement on his Department's policy with regard to the encouragement of breast feeding. 
§ Mr. Horam
Breastfeeding rates are surveyed every five years. Survey results for 1985 and 1990 are comparable. The Government continue to protect and promote breastfeeding as the best way of feeding a baby. Information on breastfeeding rates for 1985 and 1990 are available in "Infant Feeding 1990", copies of which are available in the Library.