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Departmental Paternity Leave

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff took paternity leave from his Department in each of the last five years; and what the average duration of such leave was in each such year. (290527)

DEFRA provides paternity leave to allow partners to support the prime carer and spend time with a new child following a birth or adoption.

The number of staff who took paternity leave and the average length of such leave in DEFRA and its agencies is shown in the following table.

Number of staff

Average length of leave (days)

2004-05

DEFRA, VMD

24

16

CEFAS

6

10

CSL

n/a

n/a

RPA

25

11

VLA

8

15

2005-06

DEFRA, GDS, MFA, VMD

61

14

AH

10

12

CEFAS

10

13

CSL

n/a

n/a

RPA

24

11

VLA

11

15

2006-07

DEFRA, GDS, MFA, VMD

38

14

AH

12

14

CEFAS

12

15

CSL

n/a

n/a

RPA

26

16

VLA

20

15

2007-08

DEFRA, GDS, MFA, VMD

35

14

AH

20

14

CEFAS

8

15

CSL

6

10

RPA

36

17

VLA

19

15

2008-09

DEFRA, GDS, MFA, VMD

35

14

AH

20

14

CEFAS

6

15

CSL

8

10

RPA

32

16

VILA

19

15

Key:

AH =Animal Health Agency

CEFAS = Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

CSL = Central Science Laboratory

GDS = Government Decontamination Service

MFA = Marine and Fisheries Agency

RPA = Rural Payments Agency

VLA = Veterinary Laboratories Agency

VMD = Veterinary Medicines Directorate