Women and Equalities: Safe to Be Me Conference

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 8th June 2022.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Party Chair, Labour Party, Chair of Labour Policy Review, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will publish an estimate of the number of hours worked by officials in her Department in preparation for Safe to Be Me: A Global Equality Conference.

Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Party Chair, Labour Party, Chair of Labour Policy Review, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will publish (a) details of each meeting held by her Department in preparation for the Safe to Be Me: A Global Equality Conference and (b) the number of departmental staff that were present at those meetings.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Equalities)

We announced our decision to cancel Safe To Be Me: A Global Equality Conference on 6 April 2022. At the time of cancellation, there were 9.25 FTE staff within the International LGBT team in the Cabinet Office who were working on the Conference full time with oversight from a Deputy Director. The Cabinet Office and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office worked closely together to deliver the Conference.

The request to publish details of each meeting held in preparation for the Conference and the number of staff present at those meetings can only be provided at disproportionate cost. The Conference was being prepared over the course of several years and until the time of cancellation, the Conference team held numerous meetings with key stakeholders within and outside of government, and through international networks.

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