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Equality Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:39 am on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 10:39 am, 9th June 2009

I remind members and witnesses that we are bound by the internal knives—the timetable agreed to last week—which means that this morning’s first evidence session must end no later than 11.30 am, and the second no later than 1 pm. I hope that I do not have to interrupt members or witnesses in the middle of their sentences, but I will do so if need be.

I welcome the various representatives—you are most welcome. We will first hear evidence from the British Humanist Association, the General Synod of the Church of England, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the Muslim Women’s Network and the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Would you please introduce yourselves to the Committee and then we will get moving?