Equality Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 9th November 2005.

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Photo of Baroness Darcy de Knayth Baroness Darcy de Knayth Crossbench 4:30 pm, 9th November 2005

My Lords, I warmly thank the Minister for both amendments, which were in response to amendments tabled in Committee and on Report by the noble Lords, Lord Carter, Lord Ashley and Lord Addington, the noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, and me. That is a rather long preamble because none of them can be here, which they much regret. They are either at an important committee meeting or ill, so I am here to thank the Minister on their behalf. Their eloquence has paid off. I shall echo the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain, who has disappeared, and say that the Minister deserves a degree in diplomacy. This change is due to their eloquence and her unfailing ability to listen. She has reflected once again and has come up with the goods.

It is valuable to have the distinction. I am grateful for the transition commissioner going on for longer, because a certain number of cases might have been jeopardised otherwise. We are all extremely grateful.