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Discrimination: Disabled

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the consultation period for “Improving Protection From Disability Discrimination” in line with criterion 2 of the Government's Code of Practice, as set out by the Cabinet Office; and if he will make a statement. (249474)

[holding answer 2 January 2009]: The Government have no plans to extend the consultation period on “Improving Protection From Disability Discrimination”.

I explained in my foreword to the consultation document that it was necessary to have a short consultation period to ensure that proper consideration could be given to how any legislative proposal would fit with the provisions in the forthcoming Equality Bill.

In order to obtain an appropriately broad range of input to the consultation, the written consultation was supplemented by a range of discussions with key stakeholders including representatives from the fields of disability, equality, business, advice and the voluntary sector.