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Changes to role of Minister for Women and Equalities examined

08 May 2018

The Women and Equalities Committee holds a one-off session with stakeholders and commentators on the implications of changes to the role of Minister for Women and Equalities.

What will be covered

Over the past five months, the role has passed from the Secretary of State for Education to the Home Secretary and now to the Secretary of State for International Development following the resignation of Amber Rudd.

The Committee, as part of its remit, is responsible for scrutinising the administration, expenditure and policy of the Government Equalities Office (GEO).

The session will explore the GEO’s place in the machinery of government.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Effects of machinery of government changes and reshuffles
  • The role of Minister for Women and Equalities
  • Responsibility for equality across government
  • Influence across Whitehall
  • Where should GEO sit in government?

Witnesses

Wednesday 9 May, Committee room 8, Palace of Westminster.

At 09.50am

  • Janet Veitch, Former Head of Gender Mainstreaming, Government Equalities Office
  • Ali Harris, Chief Executive, Equality and Diversity Forum
  • Gavin Freeguard, Associate Director, Institute for Government
  • Marcus Shepheard, Researcher, Institute for Government

Further information

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