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Women Workers

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking to encourage women back into the workplace after having children.

It is not Government policy specifically to encourage women with dependent children back to work. It must be a matter of personal choice for the woman concerned. For details of the steps being taken by the Government to help those women who wish to do so to return to the labour market, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie) on 16 January, Official Report, columns 234–35.