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Departmental Equal Opportunities

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department’s definition is of equality of opportunity in relation to its policies; and if he will make an assessment of the impact on equality of opportunity of his Department’s policies. (285205)

The Department’s definition of equality of opportunity is set out in the equality schemes of the former Departments of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and Universities, Innovation and Skills (DIUS). We are currently reviewing these schemes with the aim of producing a single equality scheme for BIS.

Equality impact assessments (EQIAs) produced by BIS (and formerly by BERR and DIUS) measure the impact on equality of opportunity of departmental policies. EQIAs are either published as stand-alone documents on the BIS website which can be accessed at

http://bisintranet/Pages/BIShomepage.aspx,

or as part of a standard impact assessment, final versions of which are published on the Better Regulation Executive’s impact assessment library at

http://www.ialibrary.berr.gov.uk/.