The minister’s responsibilities include:
- women’s equality (including addressing the gender pay gap and getting more women on company boards)
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender policy
- the Equality and Human Rights Commission (including the equality legal framework and international commitments)
- dealing with bullying in schools (including homophobic bullying)
- early years and childcare (including the government’s commitment of 30 hours free childcare per week)
Current role holder: Caroline Dinenage
Caroline Dinenage was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education on 17 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010.
Caroline studied politics and English at Swansea University.
Between 1998 and 2003 Caroline served on the City of Winchester local council. She was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013, and between 2012 and 2015 sat on the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.
From April 2014 to May 2015 Caroline served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. From May 2015 to July 2016 she served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice at the Ministry of Justice and DfE.
Career outside politics
Caroline has more than 20 years of experience as a small business owner, having established her own manufacturing company before university.