HC Deb 18 July 1980 vol 988 c731W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will now seek to introduce legislation to provide paternity leave for employed fathers.

Mr. Mayhew

No. The Government have no present intention of introducing such legislation. While recognising the value of paternity leave, we believe that this is a matter best left to individual negotiation and collective agreement.