HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 cc128-9W
Mrs. Brooke

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made towards achieving national targets on breast feeding. [133579]

Miss Melanie Johnson

[holding answer 22 October 2003]: Through the NHS Priorities and Planning Framework 2003–06, a target has been set to increase breast feeding initiation rates by two percentage points per year focusing especially on women from disadvantaged groups. Figures are not yet available but are being collected from primary care trusts in 2003 to provide a baseline for monitoring future performance.

Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress with the target to increase breast feeding, with particular reference to the target for women from disadvantaged groups. [133907]

Miss Melanie Johnson

I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Mrs. Brooke) today.

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