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Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: With the leave of the House, Mr. Speaker, I shall reply to the debate. As ever, the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris) has over-argued his case. I hope that he sometimes has pause for thought about how conjuring up surreal incidents of harassment-putting forward examples that have never existed and suggesting that people behave as outrageously as he wants to suggest-can...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me the opportunity to intervene. He is utterly wrong, but he knows that, because he said this about six times in Committee, and I have told him six times that he is wrong. The case law is incredibly clear. For the sixth time, let me say that it is called Driskel v. Peninsula Business Services, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal made it clear that where...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: That is completely wrong as well. The hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well that we had this very same debate on about 15 different amendments all the way through our consideration in Committee. Forgive me, but he is verging on the disingenuous by pretending that this is something new. It clearly and totally is not.

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: I am not sure what day Department for Culture, Media and Sport questions is, but I think that question was an excellent one formulated for the next event. This is the Equality Bill. [ Interruption. ]

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Amendments 93 to 95 dip back into the religious world and the occupational requirement exception for organised religion in paragraph 2 of schedule 9-a paragraph and schedule with which we became very familiar in Committee. These amendments were opposed by the Government and would remove from the religious occupational requirements exception the proportionality test and...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: I beg to move, That this House agrees with Lords amendment 1.

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: The amendments in this first group all relate to the scope of the Bill and are either concessionary or clarificatory. They are fairly random in their subject matter, so I shall take them in numerical order. Lords amendment 1 provides a power to add caste as a subset of race, which is covered by clause 9. The case for legislating against caste discrimination has been argued with passion during...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: It is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure; I can assure the hon. Gentleman of that.

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: The process should be that the report comes out in August and if there is evidence-we intend to disclose and discuss it with all the stakeholders that brought the issue to our attention-amendment 1 would ensure that, if necessary, we could introduce an amendment through secondary legislation to include race and caste in the definitions. I hope that my hon. Friend finds that process...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: We hope that everyone will co-operate, and we hope that the hon. Gentleman will encourage that co-operation in the usual way he encourages these radical and progressive measures to bear full fruit.

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: I want to make some progress, if the hon. Gentleman does not mind. Following full consultation, including with political parties, the Electoral Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, regulations will set out among other things which protected characteristics must be reported on, when, for what period the data are to be published and in respect of which elections and which...

Business of the House: Clause 9 — Race (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: I think it makes it very much clearer, which is very important, especially for legislation that simply will not work unless it is accessible, comprehensible and understood by everybody who wants to be protected by it. Amendments 90 and 108 on gender reassignment would amend schedules 3 and 24 to make it clear that it is not unlawful discrimination for a minister of religion to refuse to...

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: BAE Systems: Fraud (6 Apr 2010)

Vera Baird: The Serious Fraud Office has no record of passing information during its investigations into BAE Systems about possible false declarations relating to (a) Romania and (b) South Africa to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: Fraud: Prosecutions (30 Mar 2010)

Vera Baird: The document "Guidance on Corporate Prosecutions" was published on 6 January 2010 and came into effect on the same date.

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: Corruption (29 Mar 2010)

Vera Baird: The Serious Fraud Office does not confirm or deny the existence of such classification in any particular case it may be investigating.

Written Answers — Women and Equality: Rape Cases Stern Review (18 Mar 2010)

Vera Baird: The Government welcome Baroness Stern's report of her review which recognises the significant improvements made since 1997, but also identifies where more remains to be done to build on this progress. The Department has published an interim government response and will carefully consider the 23 recommendations in the report before publishing a fuller response later this year. Rapists must...

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: BAE Systems (18 Mar 2010)

Vera Baird: The Serious Fraud Office has provided assistance to overseas investigations while ensuring the UK national security interests are protected.

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings (18 Mar 2010)

Vera Baird: No member of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, National Fraud Authority or the Attorney-General's Office has been subject to formal discipline in the past five years. In respect of the Serious Fraud Office and Treasury Solicitors there have been fewer than five dismissals in any single year during this period, and this information is therefore suppressed on the grounds of...

Written Answers — Solicitor-General: Departmental Theft (18 Mar 2010)

Vera Baird: All of the Law Officers' Departments have extensive security measures in place to prevent theft and security within their organisations. Specific security policies are as outlined: Attorney General's Office Physical security measures are in place to protect against unauthorised access to the building, and all visitors are escorted by a permanent member of staff while on the premises. The...


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