Sanitary Products: Funding

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

Whether he plans to allocate funding for the provision of sanitary products beyond secondary schools and colleges.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Department for Education is implementing this policy with the purpose of increasing attendance in schools. That is the factor it will take under consideration.

Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

The Chancellor’s spring statement announcement of free period products in secondary schools and colleges was welcomed—very much so. However, he has failed to mentioned pupil referral units and other alternative education provision, as well as the fact that some children start their periods in primary schools. He has also failed to consider women and girls in vulnerable situations such as homelessness shelters, refugees and women refuges. Will he take a human rights approach to period poverty to ensure universal free access to sanitary products for all women, so we can put a real end to period poverty?

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

I know that the children’s Minister has already said he will look specifically at primary schools and my right hon. Friend the Education Secretary is going to consult widely on the issue.