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Sexual Orientation Regulations

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from which organisations (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have received representations on the Sexual Orientation Regulations. (109044)

The Government received nearly 3,000 responses to the consultation on regulations to outlaw discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services, and both I and my officials have had a number of meetings with organisations and individuals who are interested in the proposed regulations. The Government Response to Consultation will include a list of the non-confidential responses received and a summary of the views expressed in these responses. The Response to Consultation will be published after the Christmas recess, in good time for the laying of the regulations to come into force next April, alongside Part 2 of the Equality Act outlawing discrimination on grounds of religion or belief in the provision of goods and services.