Equality

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation (Com(2008) 426 final); what effect they expect that proposal to have in the United Kingdom; and what is their stance on the proposal.

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 draft EC proposal for an equal treatment directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation was published in July 2008.

Negotiations on the directive are still under way and the UK will continue to contribute positively. A 12-week public consultation will close on 28 July.

There are some areas where the draft proposal differs from current or planned legislation in the UK but it is not yet possible to say what effect any final directive will have as negotiations are still under way.

The UK is supportive of the aims of the draft directive to complete the existing legal framework by addressing the remaining four grounds of discrimination.

The UK will be seeking to agree a directive that is clear, robust and complementary to the Equality Bill and existing domestic legislation.

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