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Equality and Human Rights Commission: Public Appointments

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will appoint a commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission with responsibilities for the non-religious element of the religion or belief equality strand covering beliefs such as humanism. (195654)

I have been asked to reply.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Board currently consists of 16 Commissioners (including three Transition’ Commissioners) with a range of different perspectives and expertise in the field of equality and human rights.

All Commissioners are appointed on the basis of their experience or knowledge of discrimination and human rights and collectively represent the wide range of views present in our society.

There are currently no plans to appoint any further Commissioners to the Board.