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Equality Bill

Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for excluding aircraft from clause 28 of the Equalities Bill. [HL4099]

Aviation is not excluded from the Equality Bill. Clause 27, which makes it unlawful to discriminate against harass or victimise a person because of a protected characteristic when providing services, protects someone when they are requesting a service and when they are being provided with a service. That applies to aviation. Schedule 3, Part 7 provides an exception to Clause 27 for services in connection with air transport, but it relates only to disability, where there is a separate European regulation in place. EU Regulation 1107/2006 made it unlawful for airlines to refuse to carry disabled and less mobile passengers; and airlines have to give assistance to all people of reduced mobility. The UK fully supports these principles. Regulation 1107 is directly applicable in UK law and is enforced by SI 2007/1895.

There is no need to include aviation in Clause 28 for the reasons stated above.