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Departmental Impact Assessments

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (255074)

In total we have published 37 completed equality impact assessments on our internet and intranet websites (25 of which were published in 2008). These are predominantly in relation to employment and organisational change as these were areas highlighted for priority action. Since the EqIA is integrated into our policy making process, it is not possible to estimate any additional cost.