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Equality Bill 2008-09: Equality Bill 2009-10

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether guidance has been prepared for those organisations which would have duties under the provisions proposed in the Equality Bill. (315110)

Clear, practical guidance on the Equality Bill will help people to understand their rights and responsibilities under the Bill. Better understanding should improve compliance and ensure people can assert their rights.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has statutory responsibility to produce guidance on all the Equality Bill provisions except the socio-economic duty.

The Commission published draft guidance on the employment provisions in the Bill for public consultation on 27 January 2010 and will be publishing further draft guidance for consultation shortly.

The Government will issue guidance for public bodies on the socio-economic duty later this year. It will draw on the principles set out in the guide to the duty we published on 8 January, and will be the subject of consultation with relevant public bodies.