§ Mr. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he last carried out an analysis of information required for sex monitoring of his Department.
§ Mr. Pattie
Equality of opportunity for men and women in MOD employment is not at present monitored on a systematic basis but statistical information collected monthly for manpower planning and personnel management purposes is used as a basis for measuring the relative progress of men and women in specific aspects of employment, such as recruitment and promotion.
As the Minister for the Civil Service said in his written answer on 30 January 1984 — [Vol. 53, c. 15] — he hopes shortly to announce a programme of action to follow up the report of the joint review group on employment opportunities for women in the Civil Service. In accordance with that programme my Department will be conducting a regular review of progress on the basis of data provided in such areas as the incidence of part time working, including job sharing where possible, posts restricted to one sex, reinstatements, equal opportunity complaints, and attendance at training courses (where this information is available).
My Department is already participating in selective research on the relative progress of men and women in the Civil Service being carried out by the Cabinet Office (management and personnel office) in accordance with the programme of action.