Equality Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 9th November 2005.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Advisory Team On Legal Matters, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities 5:45 pm, 9th November 2005

My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her lecture on Mandla. However, she needs to read the judgments of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Slynn, and the others to which I referred which deal with the point that was not dealt with in Mandla; that is, whether Jews are covered under the Race Relations Act on the basis of ethnicity or religion. The law clearly states that they are covered on the basis of ethnicity. It was that point I was trying to deal with. The Mandla case does not deal with that as such at all.