§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what maternity and paternity entitlements are available to employees within his Department. 
§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 8 June 1995]: Entitlements are set out in chapters 3.1 and 5 of the civil service management code and are publicised through the departmental staff handbook. All staff eligible in terms of the code are entitled to three months and one week paid maternity leave as part of a total entitlement to 52 weeks paid and unpaid leave. Permanent staff are entitled to two days paid paternity leave while discretion is exercised for temporary and casual staff according to circumstances. In general, they are given the same benefits as permanent staff.