§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the(a) financial costs and (b) benefits to his Department of the Parental Leave Directive. 
§ Dr. Moonie
It is the Ministry of Defence's policy to encourage civilian staff, at all levels, to take full advantage of family-friendly and work-life provisions such as the Parental Leave Directive. Records on the grant of special leave under the Parental Leave Directive are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, since this category of special leave is unpaid, then, administrative costs aside, there are no direct financial consequences to the MOD.