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Women and Equalities written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the exceptions are mentioned in the letter from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities to Lord Avebury of 25 June 2013 regarding the proposed research on caste by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

There are provisions and exceptions within the Equality Act 2010 that apply to aspects of race, such as immigration, that may not be appropriate in relation to caste. These are clearly sensitive issues and before we consult on and seek to define exceptions, we need to know more about how 'caste' fits into the race characteristic within the Act.

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