Freedom of Information Team
9 Downing Street
Our ref: DEX001647
22 January 2019
Dear Richard Wilson,
I refer to your request dated 12 January 2019, where you asked for:
Raw produce for the production of sanitary products such as toilet roll, feminine care and
incontinence products is imported into the UK for production at mills across the country. As an
example, Essity run six mills across the country producing multiple branded products including
own brand products for supermarkets with the raw paper material imported from Scandinavia.
Similar is true of Kimberley Clark. Could the department please advise the following:
- What, if any, stockpiling of sanitary products such as toilet roll, feminine care products and
nappies has taken place to date?
- What advice has been given by the department to producers (or vice versa) as to what
potential stockpiling of these products may be required?
- What, if any, advice specific to this market has been given with regard to a standard level of
buffer stock is currently available?
- What research has been made into the expected impact to the importing of raw materials for
sanitary products in the event of different Brexit scenarios and in what, if any, scenarios would
supply shortages be expected?
- Have any calculations been made as to the potential inflationary impact of the changing
supply environment specific to these products in differing Brexit scenarios?
We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the
Act’). The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) does not hold this
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