Gender: Equality

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 7th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Chair, International Relations and Defence Committee, Chair, International Relations and Defence Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures, if any, have been put in place to ensure that the Government Equalities Office has regular input into policy proposals to be put forward by (1) the Home Office, (2) the Ministry of Defence, (3) the Department for International Development, and (4) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, with particular regard to policies on gender equality.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Integrated Review will not be limited to specific departments, objectives or time frames but will take a holistic approach to our place in the world and how Government is best structured to achieve our objectives.

The Government will utilise expertise from both inside and outside government for the review, including to ensure diversity of thinking and challenge are part of the process. As with all work by government departments, any decision-making arising from the review will need to take account of the statutory public sector equality duty.

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