Clause 2

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:45 pm on 11 June 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 1:45, 11 June 2009

I will certainly reflect on that. The hon. Gentleman spends his spare time in an interesting way. When old bodies are wound up and new ones are established, we need the flexibility to vary the provision, if necessary. It is for that kind of thing, or where change means that we no longer have the list, because the list’s contents have changed.

In addition, we need the power to add the Welsh bodies to the list. We are hopeful that Welsh Ministers will decide to extend the duty to their relevant bodies in due course, sooner rather than later. It will take a bit of time, so we need this clause to make provision for that to happen. I hope that the hon. Member for Forest of Dean is satisfied that, as he put it, we will not be putting bodies on and taking them off when we feel like it. The intention is that it will not be used often.