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Departments: Equal Opportunities

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place. (125502)

DCMS anticipated the introduction of the gender equality duty by publishing a combined Equality Scheme in December 2006 addressing race, disability and gender. The Department is currently reviewing and updating that scheme and its action plan to ensure that it complies with the gender equality duty. An updated Equality Scheme will be published by 30 April 2007. The Department has also held an awareness seminar for our sponsored bodies and is encouraging compliance with the duty to publish an equality scheme by the April 2007 deadline.