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Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they propose to give lead responsibility for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and for the Government's policy on equality and human rights to the Ministry of Justice; and, if not, what is the justification for dividing lead responsibility for equality and human rights between departments. [HL3435]

It is government policy for all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) to have a lead sponsoring government department to ensure accountability to Parliament for their funding and operations. As the lead department on equality, the Department for Communities and Local Government is well placed to undertake the role of sponsorship department for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR). In carrying out this role, the department works closely with other key government departments.