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 Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 3:30, 2 Gorffennaf 2009

We expect most of the Bill to come into force in autumn 2010. That is the earliest realistic commencement date after it is given Royal Assent. The socio-economic duty on public bodies and the public sector equality duty are likely to come into force in 2011. We have already dealt with the age discrimination provisions.

We certainly hope and expect, and will probably have to demand, that the appropriate guidance is delivered by the commission in time for people to be guided on the impact of the Bill, particularly its new aspects. A lot of the law on equalities has, of course, not changed. I am told that the aim is to publish the guidance three months before commencement. That would be excellent; there is a lot of guidance to be put together. That is the aim, and let us encourage it.