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House of Commons Hansard
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Department: Equal Opportunities
06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place. [125501]

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The DCA is committed to mainstreaming gender equality and putting this at the heart of its' main functions.

DCA will publish its gender equality scheme (GES), on 30 April 2007. The scheme will set out our strategy for addressing gender issues and will include a gender equality action plan.

In publishing the GES, the DCA is following the requirements of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930), which comes into force on 6 April 2007.

The Department is hosting a round table discussion with representatives from different diversity strands to consider the benefits of developing a single equality plan to encompass all equality strands including gender, disability, race, age, religion and sexual orientation. DCA also has a number of supportive networks including the Women's Issues Network.