Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Families

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Eaton Baroness Eaton Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs policies have been assessed against the Family Test; and whether they will publish any such assessments.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government is committed to supporting families. To achieve this, in 2014 we introduced the Family Test, which aims to ensure that impacts on family relationships and functioning are recognised early on during the process of policy development and help inform the policy decisions made by Minsters. There is no requirement for departments to publish the results of assessments made under the Family Test.

The Family Test is an integral part of the policy making process and is applied in a proportionate way in the development of all new policy in line with the Family Test guidance.

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