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Departmental Equality

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose. (173817)

The Treasury is fully committed to the equality and diversity agenda. In the last three years the Treasury has promoted equality of opportunity for all, supported internal employee-diversity networks, funded diversity and equality events in the Department and funded diversity awareness raising seminars.

The Treasury has spent the following amounts on reasonable adjustments for staff with disabilities, on promoting equality and diversity by awareness raising events and on subscriptions (for example membership of the Employers Forum on Disability):

Amount (£)

2004-05

46,000

2005-06

61,679

2006-07

96,196

The Treasury introduced a Child-Care Voucher Scheme in 2004 as part of its work to promote equality and diversity. The costs for child-care vouchers are:

Amount (£)

2004-05

120,000

2005-06

172,531

2006-07

139,370

In 2004-05 the staff costs for the Treasury’s diversity team (three members of staff) were £91,000.

Following a restructuring, in 2005, the staff costs for one member of staff were:

Amount (£)

2005-06

26,500

2006-07

27,000

Another 80 to 100 employees are involved in promoting diversity in the Department i.e. members of diversity support groups, diversity champions and senior staff sponsors. Staff costs for this work are not available.