Richard Fuller (Bedford, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent consideration she has given to using the powers in section 9(5)(a) of the Equality Act 2010 to make caste an aspect of race for purposes of the Act.
Lynne Featherstone (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Equalities Office; Hornsey and Wood Green, Liberal Democrat)
Our consideration of this matter is still ongoing. This is a sensitive issue; any consideration of how best to proceed must balance the perceived need for legislative intervention against this Government's emphasis on challenging red tape and avoidance of additional regulation which may put an unnecessary burden on employers and other businesses.