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Gender Equality

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he expects to publish his Department’s gender equality scheme; (101473)

(2) what steps he is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to work in his Department are aware of their duties under gender equality legislation when they are exercising public functions on behalf of public bodies;

(3) what plans he has to carry out gender impact assessments of his Department’s major policy developments and new legislation;

(4) what steps he is taking to ensure that his Department is taking steps to meet the requirements of the forthcoming duty on public bodies (a) to end unlawful discrimination and harassment and (b) to promote equality between women and men.

The Government are committed to the implementation of the gender equality legislation which we introduced. My Department is aware of its obligations, and is taking appropriate steps to ensure that it will be able to meet its gender equality duties by the relevant dates.