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Amendment 13

Part of Coronavirus Bill - Committee – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Anderson of Ipswich Lord Anderson of Ipswich Crossbench 2:30 pm, 25th March 2020

My Lords, I signed Amendment 13 and I offer two sentences on it. The amendment will have no legal effect because, admirably, nothing in the Bill seeks to oust or modify provisions of the Human Rights Act or the Equality Act. But if the Minister can confirm that there is no intention of departing from those important statutes, that would be a powerful signal to the sceptics and conspiracy theorists, both here and abroad, who might otherwise wrongly suggest that in enacting this unfortunately necessary legislation, we are abandoning some of the fundamental legal and moral principles that bind us together.