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Departments: Equality Act 2006 (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public awareness-raising activities her Department is planning to increase understanding of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007. (143123)

Officials have attended a wide range of events in order to raise awareness of the regulations, which came into force on 30 April. These have included presentations to lesbian, gay and bisexual rights groups such as Stonewall and the Intercom Trust, as well as taking part in a sexual orientation law event, open to members of the public.

This awareness raising activity will be ongoing in advance of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights opening its doors this October, with officials participating in events in Birmingham, Leicester, Gateshead and Manchester, which will highlight the effects of the new regulations alongside other anti-discrimination measures. Officials are also organising outreach events specifically directed at improving understanding of the regulations among service providers and faith groups.

The Government published guidance on the regulations on 30 April and further information, including a ‘quick guide’ to the regulations and answers to ‘frequently asked questions’ are also available on the Department’s website.