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Pay Audits

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in the Lord Chancellor's 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 she will publish the results of such an audit. [117433]

In common with other Government departments and agencies, and in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines, my Department has undertaken a gender equality audit of pay and related systems. An action plan drawn up from the audit has been submitted to the Cabinet Office. Although not a Cabinet Office requirement, an audit of pay is also being undertaken in respect of ethnicity and disability. The commitment to conduct gender equality audits of pay does not extend formally to NDPBs, but the Legal Services Commission has undertaken such an audit and proposes also to undertake a pay audit of ethnicity and disability. The Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) proposes to conduct an equality audit later this year, once terms and conditions of its staff have been harmonised. I expect action plans arising from the audits to be placed in the Library of the House in due course.