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Departmental Paternity Leave

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff took paternity leave from his Department in each of the last five years; and what the average length of such leave has been. (290582)

The Department for Communities and Local Government provides fathers or the mother's husband/civil partner/partner (including unmarried couples and same sex partners) with 10 days paid Maternity Support Leave for each child born. This leave is approved and recorded by individual line managers but no central record is maintained. As a consequence there would be a disproportionate cost in collecting and reporting this information.