Clause 2

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 11 June 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 1:30, 11 June 2009

We have already exhibited an interest in being flexible about the list. If we change it, of course, it will be changed before the Bill becomes law, so then, we hope, the list will be as comprehensive as all parties here have been able to make it by considering the purpose of it and being able to add and take off what they wanted to. I am therefore hoping that we are getting even nearer to the right list, but yes, the point of this clause is to future-proof the list. First, we need to specify the right bodies and we think that we have picked the correct ones. However, the machinery of government can be subject to change; functions of particular bodies can change, as can the bodies themselves. New ones come and old ones go.