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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to his Department’s budget. (192100)

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.

A Gender Equality Action Plan, launched in March 2007, set out how we will strengthen our focus and impact on gender equality across all our work. Gender equality issues are reflected as a target within DFID’s first Departmental Strategic Objective for 2008-11. Department for International Development (DFID) resources are allocated in line with our departmental strategic priorities.