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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

My hon. Friend has raised an important issue and I thank her for doing so. I recognise the importance of this for many parents. Currently, parents can use the shared parental leave and pay scheme to take up to six months off work together, or to stagger their leave and pay so that one of them is always at home with their child in the first year. We are evaluating the shared parental leave and pay scheme. We want to see how we can improve the system for parents. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy hopes to publish findings on this issue later this year.