Jobcentre Plus: Breast Feeding

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's policy is on breastfeeding by clients in Jobcentre Plus offices; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Employment and Welfare Reform)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie:

The Secretary of State has asked me to respond to your question asking about the policy on breastfeeding by clients in Jobcentre Plus offices. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Jobcentre Plus has no specific policy on mothers breastfeeding in our offices. Our managers adopt a flexible approach, which will often depend on the particular circumstances of the office. In some offices, this can include, for example, the provision of a suitable area.

I hope this is helpful.

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Rob Ager
Posted on 16 Jul 2008 12:50 pm (Report this annotation)

I hope that flexible approach does not include subjecting the mother to humiliation and turfing her out.