§ Jackie Ballard
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by his Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published. [919991
§ Angela Eagle
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her on 22 July 1999,Official Report, column 636, by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Women.
As part of the Government's commitment to ensuring that its policies are relevant to the lives that people live today, this Department is working closely with the Women's Unit on gender issues. Our approach to developing policy initiatives is consistent with the principles set out in the joint document from the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department for Education and Employment, "Policy Appraisal for Equal Treatment", which was published in November 1998.