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.
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.