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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether consideration has been given to applying gender-responsive budgeting to his Department's budget. (192101)

The UK Government are supportive of efforts to achieve gender equality and continues to work very closely with both the Women’s National Commission and the Women’s Budget Group on promoting gender equality within the UK.

In 2004, HM Treasury undertook a pilot project on gender analysis of expenditure with the Women’s Budget Group. The project demonstrated the value of gender analysis in some areas and identified what tools and expertise were necessary within government to carry out gender analysis, but that further work was needed before gender responsive budgeting could be implemented.

In 2008, HM Treasury will be conducting further work that will determine whether it is prudent and feasible to disaggregate Departmental expenditure statistics by gender.

This Department takes seriously its responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity between men and women and to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment and will shortly be publishing its gender equality scheme, the first since the creation of the Ministry of Justice, which will set out a range of activity in support of these aims.