Political News Updates

22.06.2014

Prisoners: Sanitary Protection

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether a full range of sanitary products is provided free-of-charge to female prisoners. [200773]

Simon Hughes: Women should be given any items required to meet essential personal needs for their first 24 hours in custody, including toiletries, clean clothing and a towel. Women also must have easy access to a choice of sanitary provision. Tampons with applicators must be one of the choices.

All prisons across the female custodial estate provide Interlude tampons and sanitary towels to women free of charge. Other brands of sanitary products are available for women to buy via the National Product list.