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Equality Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:31 am on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 11:31 am, 9th June 2009

On the same point about positive action, my understanding from conversations with some business organisations is that this kind of step is being taken now. For instance, if somebody wants to market something to a black and minority ethnic group, and if two sales people apply for the job, one of whom comes from the group, they would want to favour the person who comes from the group, given that they would be under-represented in the community of employees and that it would be appropriate and helpful for the marketing prospects of the business. If that happens now—it would be surprising if it did not and the evidence that we have garnered is that it does—the danger is that it would be discriminatory at the moment. Protection will come from this clause in this Bill.