Adoption Agencies

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether local authority commissioned adoption agencies run by religious bodies will be subject to the Equality Act Regulations in Northern Ireland.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Yes. All providers of public services, including religious adoption agencies, where they are under a contract with a public authority, will be subject to the Regulations introduced under the Equality Act 2006.

If the services are being provided solely by the religious bodies, then they could be exempted from the Regulations by virtue of Regulation 16.

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