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Departmental Equality

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much expenditure his Department has incurred in conducting (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments in each of the last three years. (200614)

The Northern Ireland Office has in each of the last three years only incurred normal staff costs in conducting (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments as no external resources were engaged to carry out these exercises.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments his Department conducted in each of the last three years; and how many of each it proposes to conduct in 2008. (200621)

Details of (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments conducted by the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last three years are available in the Department’s Section 75 Annual Progress Reports which appear on the NIO website at:

http://www.nio.gov.uk/index/niopublication/niopubsearch esults.htm?category=Rights_and_Equality&keyword=Section+75&order=date&submitbutton.x=10&submitbutton. y=11

Information on the number of (a) equality screening exercises and (b) equality impact assessments the Department proposes to conduct in 2008-09 is being collated and will appear in the 2007-08 Annual Progress Report which will be published on the NIO website later this year.