HC Deb 21 March 2002 vol 382 c461W
36. Mr. Amess

To ask the Minister what representations she has received about celebrating International Women's Day. [42889]

Ms Hewitt

On International Women's Day I spoke at a conference and exhibition in Leicester which was attended by women from the many different communities across the city.

I also received invitations from the London borough of Waltham Forest and the UK Association for the UN Development Fund for Women.

My hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office marked the occasion by announcing the Castle Awards which will reward employers work in tackling equal pay issues and help narrow the gender pay gap.