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Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representation she plans for the (a) Hindu and (b) Sikh community on the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. (97204)

The first round of appointments of Commissioners to the Commission for Equality and Human Rights will be made shortly. Ministers expect the Commission to take an inclusive approach and reach out to all faith communities in the UK. The recruitment process for Commissioners has always been built on the premise that Commissioners will work in a collegiate manner, and that the body as a whole should have understanding of the functions of the Commission and especially of human rights and discrimination matters, including discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief. It has never been the intention for individual Commissioners to represent particular groups.