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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Volume 712: debated on Monday 5 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to replace the skills and expertise lost from the Equality and Human Rights Commission following the recent resignations of several commissioners. [HL5287]

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is entering a new phase, focusing on its role as equality enforcer and delivering the Equality Bill.

The board is being restructured, with the number of commissioners reduced from 16 to 11 with more emphasis on financial management. Commissioner posts will be widely advertised to encourage the widest range of possible candidates. New appointments at key managerial posts are also being advertised, including chief executive officer.

It is right that we take a fresh look at the structure of the board so the EHRC is capable of delivering important work including guidance on the Equality Bill, gender pay reports and the inquiry into the financial services sector.