HC Deb 16 July 1998 vol 316 c294W
Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment the Women's Unit has made of the impact of the implementation of the Part-Time Working Directive on the number of part-time jobs in the UK. [50859]

Ms Ruddock

The Government are keen to promote family-friendly employment policies and the implementation of the Part-time Work Directive will be an important step forward. Many women choose to work part-time in order to balance their work and family responsibilities and this Directive will be particularly important to them as it will remove discrimination and increase the status of part-time work.

We do not consider that implementation of the Directive will result in a loss of jobs; on the contrary, the view of the Government, employers and workers themselves is that it will eliminate obstacles to part-time work and increase opportunities for those wishing to work part-time.

We will be carrying out detailed research into the impact of the proposals and expect to receive the findings later in the year.

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