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13 December 2023 - Work of the Minister for Women and Equalities - Oral evidence

Committee Women and Equalities Committee
Inquiry Work of the Minister for Women and Equalities

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Start times: 3:30pm (private) 4:00pm (public)

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Kemi Badenoch to face Committee’s questions on equalities issues

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) question Kemi Badenoch MP, Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for Business and Trade on Wednesday, 13 December.

WEC Chair Rt Hon Caroline Nokes and members of the cross-party committee scrutinise a wide range of issues within Cabinet Minister Ms Badenoch’s remit. It is her second appearance before the Committee following her appointment in October 2022.

Meeting details

At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Work Work of the Minister for Women and Equalities (Non-inquiry session)
Director at Equality Hub, Cabinet Office
Minister for Women and Equalities at Government Equalities Office

During the Committee’s session, MPs examines the Minister’s priorities and work in key areas, including relevant legislative proposals, the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and other issues including the Committee’s recent work on wider equalities issues.

The work of the Government’s Equality Hub also comes under scrutiny with questions to its Director Marcus Bell OBE.

The Minister is expected to update the Committee on the recent review and investigation relating to the leadership of the EHRC, neither of which have been made public. On 26 October and 17 November the Committee wrote to the Minister asking for sight of her review on the handling of complaints against the Chair of the EHRC, and related papers. The Minister has not provided those papers to the Committee.


During Ms Badenoch’s first appearance before the Committee in March this year, she was questioned on legislation to ban conversion practices; the Government’s response to the Committee’s report on menopause and the workplace; work on racial and ethnic inequalities; the Social Mobility Commission Chair appointments process and the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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