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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-09637
Asked by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 7 July 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what work it is undertaking to improve access within the Scottish Parliament to reusable period products and encourage people to make the switch from single-use period products.

Current status: Answered by Claire Baker (on behalf of the SPCB) on 4 August 2022


Answer

The SPCB first agreed to the provision of free period products at the Holyrood building at their meeting on 3 May 2018. The SPCB is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all staff throughout all stages of their working lives. This includes creating a culture where staff experiencing problematic periods or menopausal symptoms get the support they need to manage their symptoms at work.  For a variety of reasons, including the menopause, people may not always be prepared or have products to hand.   The SPCB agreed that this should not be a barrier to participation in the workplace. The provision of free products supports the Parliament’s aim to support the mental and physical health care needs of staff. This is in line with our value of respect.

 

The restocking of products is arranged by the cleaning team, who are provided under a contract managed by the Facilities Management office.   The Facilities Management team are currently working with the cleaning contractor to source a suitable, sustainable brand for the provision of period products. These should be available in the near future. Reusable products will not form part of this offering. 

 

A review of the provision of period products is planned for this year. The different types of products available, including reusable, will be considered in that review.