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Government Departments: Equality

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to ensure that all Government departments fully comply with their equality duties. (157758)

Legislation under which the equality duties have been put in place makes each individual government department responsible for its own compliance with the equality duties. It is the responsibility of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) (and before 1 October 2007 the relevant equality commission—the Commission for Racial Equality, Equal Opportunities Commission or the Disability Rights Commission) to monitor compliance.

All Government Departments have worked with the Commissions on compliance since the introduction of the equality duties, and before then regarding other equality legislation. They will continue this work with the new CEHR.

Cross-department support has been provided to departments on the equality duties. This includes information events for departmental equality teams on the general equality duties and on specific aspects, such as equality impact assessments. Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (the sponsoring body for the CEHR) will continue supporting departments in such steps to assist with them with compliance.