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Departmental Impact Assessments

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many equalities impact assessments his Department has undertaken in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such assessments. (255072)

Equality impact assessment is an integral part of how the Department develops its internal and external policies and carries out its functions. The Department undertook over 350 screening and full assessments from 1 February 2008 to 31 January 2009. The cost of undertaking the assessments is not available as it is not separately identified in the policy development process.