Parental Leave: Children with Severe Illnesses

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

What plans his Department has to extend the amount of parental leave for people whose children have severe illnesses.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government are committed to supporting working families. We are conducting a short and focused review of the provisions for parents of premature, sick and multiple babies, focusing primarily on barriers to the labour market. I have met colleagues, Bliss and The Smallest Things.

Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

In response to the Minister’s reply, may I ask when that review will commence and when we can expect its conclusions?

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

I thank the hon. Lady for allowing me to talk about this issue. A short internal review has been carried out by my officials and I expect to receive information on that shortly. I have already committed to keep cross-party colleagues updated and I happily extend that commitment to her.