Clause 203

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 2 July 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 3:30, 2 July 2009

I can see that that is right, and we will encourage the EHRC’s aim to publish the guidance three months before commencement.

I do not know whether I need to mention that there is an oddity about schedule 20, which concerns the enthralling topic of rail vehicle accessibility that we discussed this morning. In fact, on Royal Assent, clause 179(2) will enable schedule 20 on that topic to be repealed at the end of 2010, if it is not brought into force before that date. That sunset clause is there because of the Department for Transport’s ongoing public consultation on the reappraisal of the unimplemented compliance provisions of the DDA 2005, from which schedule 20 comes. Following consideration of the consultation responses, it might be decided not to implement schedule 20, any more than the DDA provisions of relevance here have  been implemented. That is just an extra complexity, but I thought that I would mention it because someone might spot it later.