HC Deb 27 April 1998 vol 311 c57W
28. Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when she expects to respond to the report of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. [38507]

Ms Ruddock

I am pleased to announce that in June the Ministers for Women will be publishing a response to the twelve critical areas of concern to women which make up the UN Global Platform for action on women.

The areas on which progress will be reported include education and training, women's health and violent crime against women. The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) holds an annual conference to follow up on commitments to the UN Platform for Action on women.

At the meeting of the CSW in February 1998 the UK Government, in our role of Presidency of the EU, succeeded in securing agreement to the main points of concern to the EU in the final texts. As soon as the final texts are available to the Government a copy will be placed in the Library.

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