HC Deb 23 July 2004 vol 424 c826W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with(a) ministerial colleagues within the Department of Health and (b) management within the NHS in respect of the use of (i) disposable and (ii) reusable nappies within hospitals. [186177]

Mr. Morley

The use of disposable nappies in the NHS is well established. We want to ensure that parents who are interested in re-usable nappies are provided with information about that option alongside information on disposables. As such, I attended a meeting with my hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Public Health (Melanie Johnson), in July last year and the Women's Environmental Network (WEN). I have also written to her with a view to meeting again to discuss the case for a strong lead from hospitals and health trusts on the issue of re-usable nappies.

I have had no discussions with NHS management.

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