To assist us in meeting our general gender equality duty obligations, where contractors provide goods, works or services on our behalf, like other contracting out public authorities we will refer to the Equal Opportunities Commission's (HOC) Code of Practice of the Gender Equality Duty and any further EOC guidance when available.
From April 2007, the Department will carry out gender impact assessments of major policy developments and new legislation in line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities)(Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930). We shall refer to Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) Code of Practice on the Gender Equality Duty and their specific guidance when available.
In order to ensure better performance on the general gender equality duty, which will require public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and harassment and promote equality of opportunity between women and men, my Department will be taking the steps outlined in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930) which should come into force on 6 April 2007.