Clause 166

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:15 am ar 2 Gorffennaf 2009.

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Photo of Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Ceidwadwyr, Daventry 9:15, 2 Gorffennaf 2009

I think that it would bore the Committee to tears to go into the detail of an interpretation clause. However, I would like the Solicitor-General’s assurance that the list of categories of assistance dog is sufficiently comprehensive. It begins with specific types and goes on to mention prescribed charities. I think that that will cover all types.

I have a constituency interest because a marvellous charity called Dogs for the Disabled, which does excellent work, is located at the edge of my constituency, near to Banbury in the neighbouring constituency. That charity provides dogs for people with wider disabilities than the conventional disabilities of deafness or blindness. Will the Solicitor-General assure me that she will nudge her colleagues in the relevant Department to ensure that the definition is sufficiently comprehensive, as I believe it is, so that any dog that is trained to help a person will be admitted?