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Equality

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people who do not feel they have been treated with dignity and respect from (a) disadvantaged and (b) non-disadvantaged backgrounds for use as a baseline against performance for indicator five in the 2008 to 2011 PSA 15; and if she will make a statement; (208690)

(2) what estimate she has made of the number of people who feel they have been discriminated against for use as a baseline for performance against indicator 4 in the 2008 to 2011 PSA 15; and if she will make a statement.

[holding answer 5 June 2008]: In respect of tackling discrimination (indicator 4), we will use responses to the 2008 Citizenship Survey to inform a baseline. This is because previous surveys did not separately identify disability-related discrimination. Baseline data based on the revised questions will be available in July 2009.

For reducing unfair treatment (indicator 5), we are considering whether early evidence from the 2007 Citizenship Survey is suitably robust to inform a baseline.

We will publish high-level delivery plans for PSA15 by the summer, which will include the baseline information available at that time for all of the PSA indicators. We will report twice-yearly thereafter on progress in delivering the PSA, beginning in October 2008.