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Parental Leave

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of (a) the number of people in the United Kingdom labour movement and (b) the number of people in her Department who have used their leave entitlement under the Parental Leave Directive. [108359]

(a) According to the Autumn 2001 Labour Force Survey there were 7.6 million people in employment who were trade union members. (b) The uptake of parental leave is not centrally recorded within the Department of Trade and Industry: it is agreed locally between staff and their managers.