In April 2013, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) wrote to Parliamentarians about tabled amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.
The Bill includes measures to:
- Remove the Commission for Equality and Human Rights general duty,
- Remove the Commission for Equality and Human Rights duty to promote good relations,
- Remove provisions to protect people from third party harassment, and
- Remove the formal procedure which enables applicants to ask questions of an alleged discriminator (the questionnaire procedure).
EDF has produced several briefings on the Bill for parliamentarians – details below.
On 19 April, the Equal Rights Trust (ERT) wrote to members of the House of Lords, urging them to oppose a narrower mandate for the Commission and to back amendments introducing protection from caste-based discrimination.
Click here for EDF’s open letter to Members of Parliament (15 April 2013)
Click here for ERT letter (19 April)
Click here for EDF briefing for the House of Lords for the report stage of the Bill (March 2013)
Click here for link to EDF briefing (November 2012)
Click here for link to EDF briefing (October 2012)
Click here for details of the Bill on the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills website
Click here for details of the Bill’s passage on the Parliament website
Please also see items on Government response to consultation on repeal of two enforcement provisions and Government response to consultation on employer liability for harassment on the EDF website.