Equality and Human Rights Commission

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Dholakia Lord Dholakia Deputy Leader in the House of Lords, Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 20 November 2008 (WA 224) and 17 December 2008 (WA 39), what discussions they had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission prior to stating in the answer that 13 non-permanent staff are employed by the commission.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, House of Lords, Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Government Equalities Office asked the commission to provide the information requested for the previous Written Answers. The commission maintains that the information that 13 non-permanent staff are employed by the commission was correct as the individuals were on fixed-term contracts and therefore subject to the commission's terms and conditions and paid via payroll.

Other non-permanent staff working at the commission at that time were engaged via an agency and not considered by the commission as employees.

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