Clause 29

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 18 June 2009.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Shadow Science Minister 2:15, 18 June 2009

I would be pleased if I did because I accept that I am sometimes wide of the mark.

In the list the Solicitor-General gave, I am particularly interested in the provision of welfare services for vulnerable people such as the poor, hungry and homeless. Would they be covered even if they were delivered by a private or voluntary organisation, or as part of welfare services but funded privately through charity as part of a public authority’s organisation, in which case, a safety net would apply and the Government would say “no it is okay, that exists to look after them”? Although the hon. and learned Lady may not always wish to make the same distinction as I do, if certain organisations are delivering those services there is a greater need to protect vulnerable service users than when purely commercial services are provided to paying customers who have more of a choice. That is the area I am seeking to probe.