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Equal Opportunities

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration for (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) people with disabilities; and if he will publish the results of such an audit. [117436]

The Home Office completed the final report of its Equal Pay Audit, including an action plan, and submitted it to Cabinet Office on 6 May 2003. The report found at non-Agency Home Office pay structures and practices had been "equality-proofed" and were within the tolerance standards set by the Equal Opportunities Commission in relation to gender. The Home Office action plan includes undertaking a second equal pay review later in 2003, which in addition to considering gender, will seek to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration for ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.A copy of the action plan will be placed in the Library once any arising discussions with Cabinet Office have been concluded.Non-Departmental Public Bodies were not formally covered by the commitment but may have carried out their own Equal Pay Audits.