Race Relations Act 1976

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ahmed Lord Ahmed Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the allegations that the UK Border Agency is not complying with its duties under the Race Relations Act 1976; whether they will conduct an investigation into those allegations; and whether they will take action against employees of the UK Border Agency if necessary.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

In response to the chief inspector's report, the UK Border Agency has committed to ensuring its approach to processing visa applications is compliant with all aspects of the Equality Act (formerly the Race Relations Act). It is currently taking legal advice on this issue.

No investigation is planned by the UK Border Agency. All UK Border Agency entry clearance staff receive equality and diversity training which covers the provisions of the Equality Act and its relevance to visa decision-making.

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