§ 14. Julie Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to assist the retention of women in the work force in Wales. 
§ Mr. Touhig
Widening employment opportunities for women has always been a key priority for the Government. As examples of recent legislation, all women are now entitled to 26 weeks' maternity leave, and employers must give serious consideration to parents' requests for flexible working arrangements.648W Financial support has also been made available to enhance the provision of child care facilities—in Wales this is the responsibility of the National Assembly.