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Gender: Discrimination

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to act upon the recommendations of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women since the 41st session of parties of 30 June to 18 July. (224211)

I will let the right hon. Member have such information as is available as soon as possible.

Substantive answer from Maria Eagle to Theresa May:

The United Kingdom was examined on its 5th and 6th reports to the United Nations committee and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women on July 10th this year. Following this examination the committee published a set of draft observations which welcomed the UK's adoption of a number of legislative, judicial and administrative measures aimed at promoting gender equality and eliminating discrimination. Among these were the 2006 Equality Act; The establishment of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Gender Equality Duty for all public authorities.

The Government Equalities Office is currently drafting an Action Plan to take forward the recommendations made in the draft report. A particular focus of which is to strengthen relations with other Government Departments and the Devolved Nations, in order to act on women's equality issues. The Government will provide a future progress report to the United Nations next year.

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government have taken to reduce sexism in the workplace. (226334)

[holding answer 15 October 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 9 October.