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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 8th December 2005

STANDING COMMITTEE A


EQUALITY BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [29th November 2005].

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

84

Clause     80,     page     45,     line     40,     after 'orientation', insert 'or transgender status'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

162

Clause     80,     page     45,     line     40,     leave out 'or harassment'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

160

Clause     80,     page     46,     line     1,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

163

Clause     80,     page     46,     line     4,     leave out sub-paragraph (c).

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

161

Clause     80,     page     46,     line     24,     after 'by', insert 'affirmative'.

   

Ms Celia Barlow

133

Clause     80,     page     46,     line     25,     at end insert—

'(c) shall be introduced at the same time as Part 2 of the Act and shall be comprehensive in nature.'.


   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

164

Clause     81,     page     47,     line     4,     leave out sub-paragraph (c).

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

165

Clause     81,     page     47,     line     5,     leave out sub-paragraph (d).

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

166

Clause     81,     page     47,     line     6,     leave out sub-paragraph (e).

   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr David Evennett
James Brokenshire

167

Clause     81,     page     47,     line     7,     leave out sub-paragraph (f).

   

Vera Baird

139

Clause     81,     page     48,     leave out lines 30 and 31 and insert—'The provision of separate services exclusively or primarily to members of one sex where justified by a legitimate aim and where the means of achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary.'.

   

Vera Baird

140

Clause     81,     page     48,     leave out lines 32 to 37 and insert—'The maintenance or adoption of specific measures to prevent or compensate for disadvantages linked to sex, where justified by the aim of ensuring full equality in practice between men and women and where the means of achieving that aim are appropriate and necessary.'.

   

Vera Baird

141

Clause     81,     page     49,     leave out lines 1 to 16.

   

Sandra Gidley
Dr Evan Harris

47

Clause     81,     page     46,     line     41,     leave out 'any person who has functions of a public nature' and insert 'any person certain of whose functions are functions of a public nature'.


   

Vera Baird

143

Clause     82,     page     50,     line     1,     leave out 'and'.

   

Sandra Gidley
Dr Evan Harris

71

Clause     82,     page     50,     line     2,     at end insert 'and those intending to undergo, undergoing or who have undergone gender reassignment.'.

   

Sandra Gidley
Dr Evan Harris

72

Clause     82,     page     50,     line     2,     at end insert 'and

'(c) to eliminate the harassment of persons who are intending to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment, or who have a committment to maintaining a transgender identity.'.

   

Vera Baird

144

Clause     82,     page     50,     line     2,     at end insert 'and

(c) to promote equality of opportunity for those with unpaid responsibility for the care of another person or persons.'.


   

Vera Baird

145

Clause     83,     page     51,     line     10,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The Secretary of State shall by order impose on a person to whom the duty in section 76A (1) applies, or in so far as that duty applies to a person, a duty which the Secretary of State thinks will ensure a better performance of the duty under section 76A (1) in respect of functions related to education.'.

   

Vera Baird

146

Clause     83,     page     51,     line     11,     leave out 'subsection (1)' and insert 'subsections (1) and (2)'.

   

Vera Baird

147

Clause     83,     page     51,     line     15,     leave out 'subsection (1)' and insert 'subsections (1) and (2)'.

   

Vera Baird

148

Clause     83,     page     51,     line     18,     leave out 'subsection (1)' and insert 'subsections (1) and (2)'.

   

Vera Baird

149

Clause     83,     page     51,     line     21,     leave out 'subsection (1)' and insert 'subsections (1) and (2)'.

   

Vera Baird

150

Clause     83,     page     51,     line     24,     after 'section 76B (1)', insert 'or section 76B (2)'.


   

Meg Munn

33

Schedule     4,     page     82,     line     10,     column 2, at end insert—

 'Section 49I.'.


   

Meg Munn

1

Clause     92,     page     56,     line     6,     after 'But', insert—

'(a) section [Sexual orientation: regulations for Northern Ireland] extends only to Northern Ireland, and

(b) '.


   

Meg Munn

20

Clause     93,     page     56,     line     14,     leave out subsection (2).


NEW CLAUSES

Sexual orientation: regulations for Northern Ireland

   

Meg Munn

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister may by regulations make provision about discrimination or harassment on grounds of sexual orientation.

    (2)   In subsection (1) "sexual orientation" has the same meaning as in the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (SR 2003 No. 497).

    (3)   The regulations may, in particular—

(a) make provision of a kind similar to Part 3 of the Race Relations Order (discrimination on grounds of race, etc. other than in employment field) and Part 4 of that Order so far as it applies for the purposes of Part 3;

(b) define discrimination;

(c) define harassment;

(d) make provision for enforcement (which may, in particular, include provision—

(i) creating a criminal offence of a kind similar to, and with the same maximum penalties as, an offence created by the Race Relations Order;

(ii) about validity and revision of contracts;

(iii) about discriminatory advertisements;

(iv) about instructing or causing discrimination or harassment);

(e) provide for exceptions (whether or not of a kind similar to those provided for by Part 6 of the Race Relations Order or any other enactment relating to discrimination);

(f) confer powers or impose duties or restrictions on the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland of a kind similar to those conferred or imposed on the Commission by Part 7 of the Race Relations Order;

(g) make provision which applies generally or only in specified cases or circumstances;

(h) make different provision for different cases or circumstances;

(i) include incidental or consequential provision (which may include provision amending an enactment);

(j) include transitional provision.

    (4)   The power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory rule for the purposes of the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (SI 1979/ 1573 (NI 12)).

    (5)   Regulations may not be made under this section unless a draft has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    (6)   In this section—

"the Race Relations Order" means the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (SI 1997/ 869 (NI 6);

"enactment" includes an enactment contained in or made under Northern Ireland legislation.'.


Adaptations of rented housing in Scotland

   

Meg Munn

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   In the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (c.50), the following shall be inserted after section 49H (conciliation of disputes about improvements to let dwelling houses in England and Wales)—

    "49I   Conciliation of disputes: rented housing in Scotland

    (1)   The Disability Rights Commission may make arrangements with any other person for the provision of conciliation services by, or by persons appointed by, that person in relation to a dispute of any description concerning the question whether—

(a) it is unreasonable for a landlord to withhold consent to the carrying out of any relevant work in relation to a house (within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 00)) in Scotland, or

(b) any condition imposed by a landlord on consenting to the carrying out of any such work is unreasonable.

    (2)   Subsections (2) to (8) of section 28 apply for the purpose of this section as they apply for the purpose of that section and for that purpose a reference in that section to—

(a) a dispute arising under Part 3 is to be construed as a reference to a dispute mentioned in subsection (1), and

(b) arrangements under that section is to be construed as a reference to arrangements under subsection (1).

    (3)   In subsection (1), "relevant work", in relation to a house, means work for the purpose of making the house suitable for the accommodation, welfare or employment of any disabled person who occupies, or intends to occupy, the house as a sole or main residence.".

    (2)   In section 53A (codes of practice) of that Act—

(a) after subsection (1E) insert—

"(1F) The Commission may prepare and issue codes of practice giving practical guidance to landlords and tenants of houses (within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 00)) in Scotland as to—

(a) circumstances in which the tenant requires the consent of the landlord to the carrying out of work in relation to the house for the purpose of making the house suitable for the accommodation, welfare or employment of any disabled person who occupies, or intends to occupy, the house as a sole or main residence,

(b) circumstances in which it is unreasonable to withhold such consent,

(c) circumstances in which any condition imposed on the granting of such consent is unreasonable, and

(d) the application, in relation to such work, of—

    (i)   sections 28 to 31 and 34(6) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 10), and

    (ii)   sections 52, 53 and 64(6) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 00).".

(b) after subsection (4A) insert—

"(4B) Where a draft code of practice under subsection (1F) is submitted to the Secretary of State for approval, the Secretary of State must, before deciding whether to approve it, consult the Scottish Ministers.".

(c) after subsection (6A) insert—

"(6B) Before appointing a day under subsection (6)(a) for the coming into effect of a code of practice under subsection (1F), the Secretary of State shall consult the Scottish Ministers."

(d) after subsection (8A) insert—

"(8B) Subsection (8A) does not apply to a code of practice under subsection (1F).".

    (3)   In section 7 of the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 (c. 17) (provision of assistance in relation to proceedings), in subsection (1), after paragraph (aa) insert—

"(ab) proceedings in Scotland of any description to the extent that the question whether—

(i) it is unreasonable for a landlord to withhold consent to the carrying out of work in relation to a house (within the meaning of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 00)) in Scotland for the purpose of making the house suitable for the accommodation, welfare or employment of any disabled person who occupies, or intends to occupy, the house as a sole or main residence, or

(ii) any condition imposed by a landlord on consenting to the carrying out of any such work is unreasonable,

falls to be considered in the proceedings,".'.



 
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