My honourable friend the Minister of State, Government Equalities Office (Maria Eagle) has made the following Statement.
The Equality Bill, currently before Parliament, will introduce a new single equality duty which will bring together the three existing race, disability and gender equality duties and extend to cover age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and gender reassignment in full. The equality duty will be supported by a number of specific duties, to be set out in secondary legislation, which will help public authorities in the better performance of the duty.
In June 2008, the Government said we would consult on our policy proposals for specific duties. The document we are publishing today sets out our proposals and asks for comments. The consultation period will run until September 2009.
I am placing copies of this document in the Libraries of the House. Copies will also be available on the Government Equalities Office website at www.equalities. gov.uk.