[holding answer 3 December 2007]: The Women and Equality Unit ceased to exist on 26 July this year when the formation of the Government Equalities Office (GEO) was announced. However, the GEO did not become a new Department until the transfer of functions order went through on 12 October this year.
As a result, the GEO will be conducting its first equal pay audit in 2008.
The Women and Equality Unit (WEU) was not a stand alone Department so no separate equal pay audit was ever conducted for it. The WEU was located successively within the Department for Social Security (as the Women’s Unit), the Cabinet Office, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department for Communities and Local Government. An equal pay audit was conducted by the Cabinet Office using spring 2002 data. This review is likely to have included WEU staff in the Cabinet Office at that time, although this can not be confirmed as the review does not specify units or individuals. The Department for Communities and Local Government is currently conducting an equal pay review using June 2007 pay data, and this will include WEU staff paid by that Department at that time.