Earnings: Mothers and Fathers - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:39 pm on 13 March 2024.

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Photo of Lord Sikka Lord Sikka Labour 3:39, 13 March 2024

My Lords, my Question is about the motherhood penalty, which is also a major cause of child poverty. The 2016 survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission reported that 77% of working mothers experienced discrimination during pregnancy and maternity leave and on return from maternity leave. The Minister said that the Government do not have any information. Why not? Why do the Government not collect any data about pregnancy and maternity discrimination suffered by women? In the absence of that information, how can they eradicate that discrimination?