To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2022 to Question 65958 on Parental Pay, what estimate his Department has made of the number of working new fathers who were eligible for (a) Statutory Paternity Leave and (b) Statutory Paternity Pay in each year since 2010-11.
4 November 2022
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not routinely collect data on the number of fathers eligible for Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay. However, in order to gather information among parents on how parental entitlements, including Paternity Leave and Pay, are used in practice, the Government commissioned the Parental Rights Survey as part of the Shared Parental Leave (SPL) evaluation.
We intend to publish the SPL evaluation and underpinning research, which includes information on the take-up of Statutory Paternity Leave and Pay, in due course.