Caste Discrimination

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they have asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to complete and report on the research they have asked it to undertake on caste discrimination; and whether they intend to delay implementation of changes to the Equality Act 2010 agreed by Parliament during the last Session until after they have received the Equality and Human Rights Commission report on this work.

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)

As was recognised in the Parliamentary debates on caste during the passage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, the changes to the Equality Act 2010, in regards to caste, need to be properly researched and consulted on. This process will inevitably take some time. We expect to be in a position to outline the timetable for it before the summer recess.

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