Tampons and sanitary pads are found being supplied in the MEN’S toilets inside a Whitehall government department
- Environment Secretary Therese Coffey called for a probe after details revealed
- Campigner Helen Joyce of Sex Matters branded move as ‘ideological madness’
A minister last night ordered an investigation over tampons and sanitary pads being supplied in the men’s toilets at a government department.
Feminine hygiene products are regularly replenished in the men’s loos, as well as the women’s toilets, at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey has called for a probe after the details were disclosed via a Freedom of Information request.
The request also revealed that Defra has 208 gender-neutral toilets across its offices around the country – 109 unisex loos and 99 accessible toilets.
Despite staff being offered the use of gender-neutral toilets, the taxpayer-funded products are supplied next to the urinals to help transgender civil servants.
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey has called for a probe after the details were disclosed via a Freedom of Information request
The request also revealed that Defra has 208 gender-neutral toilets across its offices around the country
Last night Defra’s policy was branded ‘ideological madness’.
Helen Joyce, of Sex Matters, which campaigns for clarity on sex in law, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Workplace regulations require employers to provide single-sex toilets.
It’s not single-sex if you allow people of the opposite sex to come in. This idea of telling employees ‘use any toilet you feel is right for you’ is completely idiotic.
‘I’m not unusual in preferring not to use toilets that men are using. The thought process behind all this is ridiculous.
‘You have enough female and male toilets and enough unisex toilets and then you’ve catered for everyone. This has happened because Defra seems to think that men and women are gender identities, not biological fact. It’s ideological madness.’
Defra said: ‘Since earlier this year, we have offered free period products for those in need across the whole Defra estate.’
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