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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the work of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group; and if he will make a statement. (245759)

In autumn 2007 the Department decided to review the work of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group (SOGIAG) to date with a view to strengthening procedures and giving the group more support from officials. The Office for Public Management (OPM) was commissioned to undertake this independent review. A copy of their report has been placed in the Library.

Following the OPM report the Department has refreshed the group. In summer 2008 the Department went through an open appointments process and now has a new external high-level Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Advisory Group. Work has begun on several projects, including in the areas of suicide prevention for LGBT people, the social care needs of LGBT people, and partnership working with community organisations.

The Department has also begun a process of reviewing how we engage with all equality stakeholders and this review is due to report in spring 2009.