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Departments: Equal Opportunities

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place. (125058)

[holding answer 2 March 2007]: Defra has established policies to address unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment within the Department together with an equal opportunities policy that covers actions to promote equality between men and women.

The Department has developed a joint equality scheme to address equalities legislation. Defra's current scheme which addresses both disability and race legislation will incorporate the Department's plans for implementation of the new gender equality duty. Actions in relation to gender equality will be included within the joint equality scheme action plan.