HC Deb 17 June 2003 vol 407 c115W
Angela Eagle

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration for(a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) people with disabilities; and if he will publish the results of such an audit. [117441]

Mr. Caplin

The Ministry of Defence, in common with all other Government Departments, has conducted an equal pay audit following the publication of the report by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Equal Pay Task Force, Just Pay, in March 2001. The outcome of the audit, including an action plan, has been submitted to the Cabinet Office. Although initial audit focused on gender, the Ministry of Defence action plan includes provision for a similar audit to be carried out on ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. A copy of its action plan will be placed in the Library of the House as soon as discussions have concluded with the Cabinet Office.