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Breast Feeding

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department gave to National Breastfeeding Awareness Week in each year since its inception. (122637)

Since 1993, the Department has supported the National Breastfeeding Awareness Weeks (NBAW), as a key activity in promoting breastfeeding. The information requested on funding up to 2002 is not available. The following table sets out the funding for the NBAW from 2003 to 2005.

£

2002-03 (NBAW 2003)

263,000

2003-04 (NBAW 2004)

272,000

2004-05 (NBAW 2005)

267,000

In these years, a range of educational and promotional materials were developed and made available to the health professionals, non-governmental organisations and voluntary organisations in support of local initiatives. In addition, the Department commissioned a public relations agency to generate media and promotional initiatives for the campaign. In the year 2005-06, no central funding was available and NBAW operated at local levels.

This year, the campaign will be held from 13 to 19 May 2007. The Department is planning a comprehensive communications package, including marketing support that will be launched at the week and continue through the year. The Department plans to spend £573,000 from the 2006-07 budget on the TV and radio filler advertising, public relations activity, website and promotional materials and continue this activity throughout 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects her Department to publish the National Infant Feeding Survey 2005. (122638)