§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what maternity and paternity entitlements are available to employees within his Department. 
§ Mr. Norris
The main maternity benefits provided by the Department depend on the individual's length of service. Women are allowed 18 to 52 weeks' maternity leave. The first 18 weeks are paid at normal or statutory maternity pay rates as appropriate.
All have the right to return to work at the end of their maternity leave. In addition, while at work, they are 276W allowed paid time off to attend any necessary medical appointments.
Men are currently allowed two days' paid paternity leave.
In all, the arrangements are in line with legislation and Treasury guidance.