Women and Equalities written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities What assessment she has made of the cumulative effect of Government policies on new mothers since May 2010.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government is taking action to support new mothers in a number of areas including introducing a system of shared parental leave which will allow parents to choose how best to share caring responsibilities, and extending the right to request flexible working. These policies will empower women and give them more choice—something the previous Government talked about a great deal but singularly failed to deliver.

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