§ Jackie Ballard
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the answer of 24 June 1998,Official Report, columns 557–58, prior to 18 May, what mechanisms were used to determine how legislation passed in the current session would affect women; what consultation he had with women's organisations; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hoon
The Lord Chancellor's Department has not had any major policy legislation in the current session. More generally, guidance on policy appraisal for equal treatment has been available since 1992. Within this678W Department we are increasingly using consultation and research to identify the impact of our policies generally, and are working to secure more disaggregated statistics as our information systems are developed further.