Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Training

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th September 2022.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions the provision of mandatory training for her Departmental staff regarding their obligations under the Equality Act 2010 has been cited by her Department as a defence against Section 109 proceedings since the commencement of that Act.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

We have reviewed DCMS cases in the last five years and none have used the defence available in s.109 and therefore cited mandatory training.

DCMS does not hold information regarding cases beyond 5 years due to our data retention policies linked to GDPR.

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