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Departments: Departmental Coordination

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by his Department to liaise with the Minister for Women. (155243)

[holding answer 12 September 2007]: The Prime Minister announced the new Cabinet Committee structure on 23 July 2007. The Domestic Affairs (Communities and Equalities) Committee, chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, was one of the new Committees. The terms of reference for DA(CE) are:

“To consider policy relating to community issues, including community cohesion, equalities, wellbeing and public health; and report as necessary to the Committee on Domestic Affairs and the Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development".

This Department has not set up any committees or permanent groups involving senior civil servants specifically to liaise with the Ministers for Women.

As with all cross cutting issues, Ministers and officials in this Department liaise with the Minister for Women as necessary.