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Departments: Equal Opportunities

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has a gender (a) strategy and (b) equality action plan in place. (125104)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: The Home Office and its agencies have a five year Race and Diversity programme which drives their commitment to mainstreaming gender equality into their people priorities, policies and functions. This includes equality impact assessment of policies and functions with particular reference to gender equality.

The Home Office is working towards publication of a gender equality scheme by 30 April 2007. It is identifying key stakeholders with whom policy officials will work to produce the necessary measures to (a) eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment and (b) promote equality of opportunity between women and men.

All steps, both current and planned, will conform with those set out in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities)(Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930) which comes into force on 6 April 2007.