Maternity Leave

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Glyn Davies Glyn Davies Conservative, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to granting access to maternity leave to any mother whose child was born to a surrogate mother because of an inability to conceive herself following illness.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Department is looking at the possibility of providing leave and pay for parents in surrogacy cases, as part of our ongoing review of the system of maternity, paternity and parental leave in line with the coalition agreement to encourage shared parenting from the earliest stages.

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