Communities and Local Government Committee Press Notice

Publication of oral and written evidence: The work of the Government Equalities Office

Today the Communities and Local Government Committee published the transcript of the oral evidence session held with Maria Eagle MP, Minister of State, and Jonathan Rees, Director General, Government Equalities Office on 25 January 2010, and accompanying written evidence as The work of the Government Equalities Office.

The issues discussed in the oral evidence session include:

€ the gender pay gap

€ proposals in the Equality Bill to compel larger companies to publish their gender pay gaps by 2013

€ funding for rape crisis centres,

€ the Stern Review

€ implementation of the Corston Review on women in the criminal justice system

€ the work and leadership of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The written evidence also includes a clarification from the Minister of State on whether the provisions in the Equality Bill will affect future job advertisements.

Copies of the publication may be obtained, on publication, from the usual outlets, including

The Parliamentary Bookshop and The Stationery Office (reference: The work of the Government Equalities Office, CLG Committee, Session 2009-10, HC 317).

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Committee Membership is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con),

Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab), John Cummings MP (Lab), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Alison Seabeck MP (Lab), Andy Slaughter MP (Lab), Neil Turner MP (Lab).

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