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Equality and Human Rights Commission: Manpower

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether the Government Equalities Office has discussed with officials of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) the employment of (a) interim consultants and (b) non-permanent staff by the EHRC; and if she will place in the Library copies of any correspondence on this matter between her officials and the EHRC.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) must get its finances in shape, reduce costs, and end its dependence on expensive interim staff. The Government Equalities Office continues to discuss these issues with the Commission.

I do not consider it appropriate to publish the relevant correspondence, as officials need to be able to have full and frank discussions about operational management without fear of disclosure.

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