Clause 203

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:30 pm ar 2 Gorffennaf 2009.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 3:30, 2 Gorffennaf 2009

I shall be brief and not trouble the Committee too much. We have already had some debate on commencement and on when various provisions will come into force, but I thought that it might be helpful if the Minister gave the Committee a little more information. We have already discussed the age provisions, and she has made it clear that those will not come into force until the regulations with the exceptions are in place. What is the Government’s current thinking on the rest of the Bill, and is there an indicative timetable for that?

With regard to tying things together, we have just discussed clause 95, and new clause 26, which looked at the importance of guidance. It was clear in that discussion that much of the business concern will be assuaged if there is clear guidance. I seek the Minister’s understanding on when the EHRC will start its work on producing guidance, how long that process is likely to take and whether the commencement of various provisions in the Bill will effectively be tied to that guidance. It will not be helpful if clear guidance is not available when some of the provisions come into force, particularly where there are changes or extensions. I just wonder what the Government’s thinking is on that, as that would give the Committee an idea about those plans.