§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what maternity and paternity entitlements are available to employees within his Department. 
§ Mr. Freeman
Subject to certain qualifying conditions, most women who intend to return to work after their confinement are allowed three months and one week's maternity absence on full pay, and up to a further 38 weeks' unpaid absence. Service women are allowed 14 weeks on full pay and up to a further 34 weeks unpaid absence.
Most fathers, except for service men, are allowed two days leave with pay at or soon after the date on which their children are born.