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Armed Forces: Equal Opportunities

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department’s policy is on equal opportunities in the armed forces; how his Department implements that policy; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness. (319929)

Equality and Diversity policy for the armed forces is set out in the Ministry of Defence Unified Diversity Strategy. This policy is implemented through the Department’s published Equality and Diversity Scheme.

The Equality and Diversity Scheme which includes an action plan sets out how we intend to meet our statutory general and specific Race, Disability and Gender Equality Duties. This scheme demonstrates our continued commitment to our equality and diversity agenda, making equality and diversity integral to all our policies, functions and services. We publish an Annual Report against the scheme setting out the progress being made against the targets set out in the action plan.