Equality and Human Rights Commission

Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 14th February 2013.

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Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

We have completed many key aspects of our reform programme. We have appointed a dynamic new chair and a strong and diverse board, and have reached agreement on a budget. We want the Equality and Human Rights Commission to go from strength to strength, and to be one of our most valued and respected national institutions.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

What effect might the reform have on the commission’s status as an A-rated national human rights institution?

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

We all want a strong and effective A-rated human rights institution, and that is what our reforms are intended to achieve. We engage in positive, ongoing dialogue with the international co-ordinating committee, and we will ensure that it continues.