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Pregnant Women: Discrimination

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1317W, on pregnant women: discrimination, if he will place in the Vote Office copies of the Maternity and Paternity Rights and Benefits in Britain Survey 2005; how members of the public may obtain copies; at what cost; how much it cost his Department to produce the report; what follow up his Department plans to make on the report; how many officials were employed in drafting the report, broken down by grade; and if he will make a statement. (134460)

The Department does not intend to place the report in the Vote Office, however it will arrange for a copy to be lodged in the Libraries of the House. The Maternity and Paternity Rights and Benefits in Britain: Survey of Parents 2005 is publicly available on the Department of Trade and Industry's website. The direct link to the report is: http://www.dti.gov.uk/files/file27446.pdf and the link to the Employment Relations Research Series, in which this publication is number 50, is http://www.dti.gov.uk/employment/research-evalution/errs/. Hard copies of the report are available, free of charge, from the Department's publications order-line—0845 015 0010 and quoting the Unique Reference Number (URN) 06/836.

The cost of conducting the survey was shared with the Department for Work and Pensions. The contribution made by the Department of Trade and Industry for conducting the survey, analysis and to produce the report was approximately £150,000. The Department will consider commissioning a follow-up survey in future years to assess the impact of recent legislative change on maternity and paternity rights. The survey report was drafted by Deborah Smeaton and Alan Marsh of the Policy Studies Institute, an independent research institute which was commissioned by the Department. No officials were employed in the drafting of the report.