Dáil Éireann - Volume 535 - 03 May, 2001

Written Answers - Equality Policy.

108. Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Finance his policy on systematically including a gender perspective in budgetary proposals; the mechanisms used; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12719/01]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): Under the regulations governing the conduct of Government meetings, all proposals put forward by Ministers must consider the impact of the proposal on women. Memoranda for the Government presenting proposals for decision must indicate that the assessment has been carried out and summarise its results. The Government is, therefore, in a position to take account of the effect of its decisions on women.