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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to establish a single equality body to deal with all equality issues. [114613]

I have been asked to reply.I announced a consultation on the future of Great Britain's equality institutions on 22 October 2002,

Official Report, column 246W, looking at the possibility of creating a single equality body among other options. We received nearly 300 written responses to this consultation which closed in February and are currently considering in detail the views expressed. We will make an announcement on the broad shape of future arrangements for equality institutions in due course.