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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to his Department's budget. (192117)

The UK Government are supportive of efforts to achieve gender equality and continue 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.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) is committed to tackling discrimination and inequality including gender inequality. As the Department has only been in existence since June 2007, DIUS is using policies of the former parent entity DTI including the equality scheme which can be found on the BERR website.