Clause 34

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 18 June 2009.

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This amendment removes the powers of Government to remove specific types of premises from the application of this protection.

We have some concerns that the provision will make the protection of premises open to the whims of the Government of the day. If a Government were to decide that they disagreed with protection in all its forms in all these premises, they could remove all types of proposed buildings and premises from the application of the protection. I am seeking reassurance from the Minister that she is not as worried about this as I am.