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Used Condoms

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his Department has had any discussions with manufacturers of condoms concerning the possibility of including the Keep Britain Tidy symbol on the packets of those products; and if he will make a statement.

I understand there have been discussions between the Keep Britain Tidy Group and the main manufacturers, and that the company has agreed to print the Keep Britain Tidy symbol on its packaging.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his Department has given any advice on the environmental aspects of suitable methods of disposal of used condoms; and if he will make a statement.

No. The Department's advice to local authorities and other waste disposal agencies on the disposal of clinical waste is contained in waste management paper No. 25, published in 1983. This does not deal specifically with the question raised, but the general principles of safe handling will apply. The need for Government advice to the users of condoms is a policy matter for the Department of Health and Social Security.