§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what maternity and paternity entitlements are available to employees within his Department. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
The general provisions available to staff in DOE follow the provisions of the civil service management code, a copy of which is in the Library and are in line with current legislation. These include:
- Paid time off for ante-natal care;
- Up to 52 weeks maternity leave (including up to 18 weeks paid leave);
- The right to return to work at the end of maternity leave;
- 2 days paternity leave for male staff.