§ 35. Ms. Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to encourage the participation of women in full time employment.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The Government are taking a number of steps to facilitate the re-entry of women to the labour market—through training and through drawing employers' attention to the need to adopt flexible working practices. Childcare initiatives by the ministerial group on women's issues which are aimed at the voluntary and private sectors will also assist, but whether a woman chooses to work full-time or part-time or to stay at home to look after her family must be entirely a matter for her.