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Gender Equality

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to carry out gender impact assessments of his Department's major policy developments and new legislation. (101534)

DFID has already started to develop a generic equalities impact assessment approach, which includes gender, in its policy development. This approach is currently being used to assess the Department's human resources policies. Guidance on carrying out impact assessments will be available by the end of 2006 and included in the ‘Blue Book’, which is DFID's guidance on mandatory procedures.

The Department will meet its legal requirements by April 2007 in line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities)(Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No.2930); and shall refer to the Equal Opportunities Commission's Code of Practice on the Gender Equality Duty and specific guidance when it is made available.