Equality Act 2010

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the question and answer forms made under Section 138 of the Equality Act 2010 may be used as a model by statutory and voluntary organisations in assisting potential claimants under that Act.

Photo of Baroness Stowell of Beeston Baroness Stowell of Beeston Lords Spokesperson (Department for Work and Pensions), Lords Spokesperson (Women & Equalities), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government are seeking to repeal Section 138 of the Equality Act 2010 through the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill currently before Parliament. The effect of the repeal will not prevent anyone wishing to seek information about alleged discriminatory conduct from continuing to do so in any format they choose.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) will produce guidance on how information may best be sought and how employers can respond to such requests.

The guidance will be scrutinised by a group of stakeholders including the CB Trade Union Congress, British chamber of Commerce and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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