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Departmental Operating Costs

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality for what reasons year-on-year the running costs of the Government Equalities Office have increased since its inception. (305398)

The Government Equalities Office was established as a Government Department in October 2007. Staff and administration resources transferred from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions to form the GEO. These transfers were based upon the resources transferring and not the resources required for the establishment of a new Department with extra responsibilities.

The build up of staff and resources reflects:

(a) the cost of establishment of the Department (for example press and private offices, a correspondence team, finance and human resources teams) and

(b) extra resources allocated to the delivery of an Equality Bill and work on the Equality agenda including the Minister for Women’s Priorities.