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Working Mothers

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many mothers of children under 5 years there are in the United Kingdom; and how many of these mothers take paid employment outside the home (a) for 12 hours or fewer per week, (b) for 12 hours up to and including 20 hours, (c) for 20 hours up to and including 30 hours and (d) for more than 30 hours.

It is estimated that in Great Britain in 1978 there were some 2¾ million mothers with children under 5 years of age. About ¾ million of these were in paid employment, of whom fewer than 200,000 worked full-time, that is 30 hours or more a week, and nearly 600,000 worked part time, that is fewer than 30 hours a week. A more detailed breakdown of those working fewer than 30 hours a week is not available. Comparable information for Northern Ireland is not available.