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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan to Parliamentary Question on Proposal for All MRT Stations and Bus Interchanges to Have At Least One Lactation Room and Breastfeeding Room

26 Mar 2020 In Parliament

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang asked the Minister for Transport

a.     what percentage of MRT stations and bus interchanges currently have at least one lactation room and breastfeeding room; and

b.     whether the Ministry can make it compulsory for all MRT stations and bus interchanges to have at least one lactation room and breastfeeding room. 

Reply by Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan:

1.     There are nursing rooms at 50% of our bus interchanges. We will provide nursing rooms at all new bus interchanges and integrated transport hubs. 

2.     For the MRT network, we will provide nursing rooms at all new interchange stations. We will also explore providing such facilities when MRT stations undergo upgrading. 

3.     Not all MRT stations and bus interchanges need to be provided with nursing rooms as many of them are adjacent to major developments with nursing rooms, such as shopping centres and libraries. This is a balanced approach, to avoid duplication while meeting the needs of nursing mothers.