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Department Equality

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes in human resources policy her Department has made to comply with the gender duty. (189095)

The Department for Transport has had a policy of promoting gender equality since it was formed in 2002. No specific changes in human resources policy were introduced in response to the gender duty.

Individual actions to improve gender equality are set out in our Gender Equality Scheme, which is published on our web-site. The scheme action plan will be reviewed 12 months after publication in April 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether judicial review proceedings have commenced against her Department concerning its implementation of the gender duty. (189096)

The PCS union has challenged by way of judicial review the Department for Transport’s Gender Equality Scheme for ‘allegedly’ failing to comply with its duty to eliminate sex discrimination, and failing to consult the PCS in generating the Gender Equality Scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for each of her Department’s and its agencies’ bargaining units (a) how many equal pay claims have been lodged, (b) which grades of staff are making the claims and (c) which grades of staff the claims are being made against. (189097)

The PCS has issued equal pay claims in the employment tribunal on behalf of 37 of its members employed at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The claimants are female executive officers and compare themselves with driving examiners and/or senior driving examiners employed by the Driving Standards Agency.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) the Equal Opportunities Commission and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission has made representations to her to conduct a cross-departmental equal pay audit. (189098)

The Equal Opportunities Commission wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport on the 4 September 2007 in relation to a cross-departmental equal pay audit. The contents of the letter were noted and the Secretary of State replied on 1 October 2007 stating consideration will be given to the issues raised.