On 25 October 2007, the Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister andthe Department of Finance and Personnel launched a public consultation ofthe draft Programme for Government (PfG), Budget 2008 – 2011 (Budget2007) and Investment Strategy 2008 – 2018 (ISNI 08)(http://www.pfgbudgetni.gov.uk). This paper considers the DRD elements ofthe documents.Section 75 of the 1998 Northern Ireland Act requires the Department forRegional Development (DRD), in carrying out its functions to have due regardto the need to promote equality of opportunity between:
Persons of different religious belief, political opinion, race, age, maritalstatus and sexual orientation;
Men and women generally;
Persons with a disability and persons without; and
Persons with dependants and persons without.In addition, without prejudice to the above obligations, the Department mustalso, in carrying out its functions, have regard to the desirability of promotinggood relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion orrace.The Department is also obliged, under Section 49A of the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by the DisabilityDiscrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006), to consider if there is any wayof adapting a policy to show due regard to the need to promote positiveattitudes towards disabled people and/or encourage participation by disabledpeople in public life.