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Departments: Equal Opportunities

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has a gender (a) strategy and (b) equality action plan in place. (125103)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: The information is as follows: (a) The Department will be taking the steps outlined in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities)(Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930) which are due to come into force on 6 April 2007. The Department’s Gender Equality Schemes were published on 1 December 2006 and set out the strategy for gender equality.

(b) Each business within the Department has committed to objectives for addressing areas of concern and for ensuring that we meet the requirements of the Gender Duty. These objectives were set out in action plans for each business, which were published in the Gender Equality Schemes on1 December 2006.