Hansard is reporting the following exchange between Faversham and Mid Kent MP, Mrs Helen Whately, who represents Hollingbourne, and Mrs May, the Prime Minister in relation to this week’s royal birth. This information is supplied by “They Work for You”.
Helen Whately Deputy Chair, Conservative Party
May I join the Prime Minister in congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their son? Was it not wonderful to see Prince Harry bursting with happiness as he shared the news with the nation? I do hope that he will be taking some time off to spend with Meghan and the baby, but statutory paternity leave is just two weeks and take-up of shared parental leave is low. Will my right hon. Friend consider introducing a longer period of paid parental leave just for partners, which will be good for new dads, mums and their children?
(Citation: HC Deb, 8 May 2019, c548)
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.
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Pictured below is Mrs Whately.