§ Ms Harman
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 10 May 1999,Official Report, column 58, on Working Families Tax Credit, what will be the effect on their eligibility for Working Families Tax Credit of an employee taking unpaid parental leave under the Employment Relations Bill at a time which coincides with the assessment for their next award period. 
§ Dawn Primarolo
In order to be eligible for Working Families Tax Credit, an employee will need to meet various criteria, which are the same as those for Family Credit, including working 16 hours or more a week at the time of the application or in the period immediately preceding or following the application. Where an employee is on unpaid parental leave, the application will be treated in the same way as any other period of unpaid leave.