Packet of Dettol disinfectant wipes.

A proposed law that would prohibit the manufacture and sale of wet wipes containing plastic has been granted a second reading in the House of Commons.

The Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill was presented by Labour MP Fleur Anderson.

Ms Anderson is concerned that 90% of the 11 billion wet wipes used in the UK each year contain some form of plastic which, when broken down, becomes microplastic.

Praising a number of companies that have committed themselves to making and selling only plastic free wet wipes, Ms Anderson said that they are showing that it is possible to develop alternative products.

A second reading of the Bill is scheduled for 19 November, but it is unlikely to become law without support from the Government.

The full report can be read in Hansard.