Racial Discrimination: EU Action

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed repeal of the good relations duty in section 3 of the Equality Act 2006 on the UK's compliance with EU framework decision 2008/913/JHA on combating racism and xenophobia; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Equality and Human Rights Commission's duty to promote understanding of the importance of good relations between groups is contained in section 10 of the Equality Act 2006. The repeal of section 10 will not impact on the UK's compliance with EU Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating racism and xenophobia. The UK fulfils its obligations under the Framework Decision through the criminal law, principally the provisions on incitement to racial hatred contained in the Public Order Act 1986. Further, the Equality and Human Rights Commission's most valuable work in the area of good relations can continue to be carried out under its existing equality and human rights duties at section 8 and section 9 of the Equality Act 2006, so the separate good relations duty set out in section 10 is unnecessary.

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