Anti-discrimination Legislation

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they intend to simplify anti-discrimination legislation and bring forward a single Equalities Bill, as is the case in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Huyton Baroness Morgan of Huyton Minister of State, Cabinet Office

The Government's priority is to achieve coherence and, where desirable and appropriate, consistency between the different anti-discrimination statutes in Great Britain. We also need to ensure we effectively meet our European obligations. Our actions will be focused on the steps necessary to provide individuals, business and other organisations with a clear understanding of their respective rights and responsibilities under these laws. There are a number of options for achieving this. We intend to issue a consultation document setting out our plans on equality legislation within the next three months.

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