§ 37. Mr. Crausby
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent studies he has undertaken to identify the obstacles facing women returning to work. 
§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
A number of studies are carried out on behalf of the Department looking at families with children and specifically lone parent families. These studies have examined the obstacles faced by women and informed the development of initiatives like the new deals, which have helped nearly a quarter of a million women move into work.
The current Employment Bill will introduce further measures that will help mothers to balance their work and family commitments. This is good for parents, children and business.