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Parental Leave

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department have used their leave entitlement under the Parental Leave Directive since it came into force. [108409]

The Ministry of Defence endeavours to create a family friendly working environment for civilian staff at all levels as part of our work life balance strategy. In this respect guidance has been issued to staff in the Ministry of Defence to make them aware of parental leave entitlements and setting out the procedures to be followed.The responsibility for authorising such leave has been delegated to local units and therefore records are not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.