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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to her Department’s budget. (192116)

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.

The Home Office has a number of development programmes which support gender equality. These include Leaders of the Future—a positive action leadership programme aimed at the most talented staff. The aim is to prepare participants and maximise their potential for entry into the Senior Civil Service (SCS). It is designed for women, minority ethnic, disabled, lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) colleagues. More broadly a key aim of the new talent management system introduced for all Grade 6 and 7 staff is to improve SCS diversity.

The department has also established a Diversity Strategy Programme Board to bring together Directors from across the business areas and agencies. The Board closely monitors progress and delivery of our 3-Year Diversity Strategy. We ensure that when selecting search and recruitment consultants that they have a good track record on diversity and produce a diverse long list. We also run events targeting black and minority ethnic, women, disabled and LGB staff into the Home Office at a senior level.

We also fund on an ad hoc basis Home Office Women (HOW). HOW is the network for women and all those interested in women’s issues across the Home Office Group.