Equality Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 9th November 2005.

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Photo of Baroness O'Cathain Baroness O'Cathain Conservative 4:15 pm, 9th November 2005

moved Amendment No. 9:

After Clause 32, insert the following new clause—

"LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS OR ORGANISATIONS BEING INVESTIGATED ETC. BY THE COMMISSION

(1) This section applies where the Commission is—

(a) conducting an investigation under section 20, or

(b) issuing an unlawful act notice under section 21, or

(c) making an application to a court under section 22(6), or

(d) making an application to a court under section 24, or

(e) bringing proceedings under section 25, or

(f) giving legal assistance to an individual under section 28, or

(g) bringing an application for judicial review under section 30, or

(h) issuing a compliance notice, or making an application to a court, under section 32.

(2) In a case to which this section applies, where the defendant in a court or tribunal case or the subject of the notice or investigation is—

(a) an individual, or

(b) a charity, or

(c) an organisation of the type mentioned in section 57 of this Act, the individual, charity or organisation shall be granted legal assistance paid for out of central funds to enable them to respond to the case, the notice or the investigation.

(3) The Lord Chancellor shall make regulations providing for payment out of central funds for the provision of such legal assistance.

(4) The sections listed in subsection (1) of this section shall not come into force until the regulations mentioned in subsection (3) have been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament."