Amendments proposed to the Equality Bill [Lords], As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Dr Evan Harris
Mr Mark Oaten
Sir Menzies Campbell
Andrew Stunell
Sandra Gidley

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*Page     39,     line     36     [Clause     59],     leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

      '(b) in order to avoid conflicting with the strongly held religious convictions or beliefs of a significant number of persons of the religion or belief to which the institution relates.'.

   

Dr Evan Harris
Mr Mark Oaten
Sir Menzies Campbell
Andrew Stunell
Sandra Gidley

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*Page     39,     line     34     [Clause     59],     leave out 'imposed' and insert 'reasonably justified'.

   

Dr Evan Harris
Mr Mark Oaten
Sir Menzies Campbell
Andrew Stunnel
Sandra Gidley

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*Page     39,     line     41     [Clause     57],     leave out 'imposed' and insert 'reasonably justified'.


   

Dr Evan Harris
Mr Mark Oaten
Sir Menzies Campbell
Andrew Stunell
Sandra Gidley

39

*Page     40,     line     2     [Clause     60],     after 'charity', insert 'with an ethos based on religion or belief.'.

   

Dr Evan Harris
Mr Mark Oaten
Sir Menzies Campbell
Andrew Stunell
Sandra Gidley

40

*Page     40,     line     11     [Clause     60],     at end add—

      '(c) it can demonstrate that it has an ethos based on religion or belief.'.


   

Secretary Alan Johnson

14

Page     46,     line     27     [Clause     77],     at end add—

    '(2)   For regulation 3(1)(a) of the Regulations substitute—

          "(a) on the grounds of the religion or belief of B or of any other person except A (whether or not it is also A's religion or belief) A treats B less favourably than he treats or would treat other persons;"

    (3)   Omit regulation 3(2) of the Regulations."'.


   

Roger Berry
Keith Vaz

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Page     60     [Schedule     1],     leave out lines 13 to 18 and insert—

            '(a)   ensure that no fewer than one half of the Commissioners have personal or direct experience of one or more of the causes of discrimination or prejudice referred to in section 10(2), and

            (b)   have regard to the desirability of their together having experience and knowledge relating to the matters in respect of which the Commission has functions, including, in particular, human rights.'.

   

Roger Berry
Keith Vaz

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Page     60,     line     19     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (2).

   

John McDonnell
Ms Katy Clark
Mrs Linda Riordan
Kelvin Hopkins
Lynne Jones
Jeremy Corbyn

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Page     60,     line     33     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

            '(d)   at least two Commissioners with experience and knowledge of trade unions and employee relations.'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

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Page     60,     line     33     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '(3A) The Secretary of State shall ensure that not less than one quarter of Commissioners appointed under paragraph 1(1) are from a black or other ethnic minority background.'.

   

Roger Berry
Keith Vaz

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Page     60,     line     33     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '(3A) The Secretary of State shall ensure that—

            (a)   not less than one half of Commissioners appointed under paragraph 1(1) are women, and

            (b)   not less than one quarter of Commissioners appointed under paragraph 1(1) are from a black or other ethnic minority background.'.

   

Harry Cohen

25

*Page     60,     line     33     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

            '(d)   a Commissioner appointed under paragraph 1(1), with the consent of the London Assembly, who knows about conditions in London.'.


   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

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Page     64,     line     21     [Schedule     1],     after 'Committee', insert 'or to the Race Committee'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

2

Page     64,     line     22     [Schedule     1],     after '52', insert 'or paragraph 68'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

3

Page     64,     line     41     [Schedule     1],     after 'Committee', insert 'or to the Race Committee'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

4

Page     64,     line     41     [Schedule     1],     after '52', insert 'or paragraph 68'.


   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

5

Page     65,     line     24     [Schedule     1],     after 'Committee', insert 'or to the Race Committee'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

6

Page     65,     line     25     [Schedule     1],     after '52', insert 'or paragraph 68'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

7

Page     65,     line     44     [Schedule     1],     after 'Committee', insert 'or to the Race Committee'.

   

Keith Vaz
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

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Page     65,     line     44     [Schedule     1],     after '52', insert 'or paragraph 68'.


   

Harry Cohen

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*Page     66,     line     2     [Schedule     1],     at end insert

      'London Committee

    31A (4) The Commission shall establish a decision-making committee to be known as the London Committee.

    (5) The Commission shall ensure that the London Committee is established before any of sections 8 to 12 comes into force (to any extent).

    31B  The Commission shall appoint as the Chairman of the London Committee a Commissioner appointed for the purpose of satisfying paragraph 2(3)(d).

    31C  The Commission shall appoint each member of the London Committee for a period of not less than two years or more than five years, subject to the possibilities of—

            (a)   reappointment, and

            (b)   dismissal in accordance with the terms of appointment.

    31D  The London Committee shall advise the Commission about the exercise of the Commission's functions in so far as they affect London.

    31E  Before exercising a function in a manner which in the opinion of the Commission is likely to affect persons in London, the Commission shall consult the London Committee.

    31F (1) The power under section 13—

            (a)   shall be treated by virtue of this paragraph as having been delegated by the Commission to the London Committee in so far as its exercise, in the opinion of the Commission, affects London, and

            (b)   to that extent shall not be exercisable by the Commission.

    (2) Sub-paragraph (1) shall not apply to the power under section 13 in so far as it is treated as delegated to the Disability Committee in accordance with paragraph 52.

    (3) Sub-paragraph (1) shall not prevent the Commission from making arrangements under section 13(1)(d) or (e) for the provision of advice or guidance to persons anywhere in Great Britain.

    31G  In allocating its resources the Commission shall ensure that the London Committee receives a share sufficient to enable it to exercise its functions.

    31H  The London Committee shall have its offices in London.'.


   

Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mrs Eleanor Laing

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*Page     68,     line     4     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

      '(c) the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons.'.


   

Keith Vaz
Mr Neil Gerrard
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Roger Berry
Harry Cohen

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Page     72,     line     16     [Schedule     1],     at end add—

'Part 6

Race Committee

      Establishment

    65 (1) The Commission shall establish a decision making committee to be known as the Race Committee.

    (2) The Commission shall ensure that the Race Committee is established before either section 8 or section 10, insofar as they relate to matters of race, comes into force (to any extent).

      Membership

    66  The Commission shall ensure that—

            (a)   there are no fewer than seven or more than nine members of the Race Committee,

            (b)   at least one half of the members of the Race Committee are persons from a black or other ethnic minority background, and

            (c)   the Chairperson is a person from a black or other ethnic minority background.

    67  The appointment of each member of the Race Committee shall be for a period of not less than two years or more than five years, subject to the possibilities of—

            (a)   reappointment, and

            (b)   dismissal in accordance with the terms of appointment.

      Functions

    68 (1) The Commission shall by virtue of this paragraph be treated as having delegated to the Race Committee—

            (a)   the Commission's duty under section 8 insofar as it relates to matters of race and may be fulfilled by the exercise of the powers conferred by or referred to in—

            (i) section 11,

            (ii) section 13(1)(a), (c) or (d) (or paragraph (e) or (f) insofar as it relates to paragraph (a), (c) or (d)),

            (iii) section 14,

            (iv) section 15,

            (v) section 19, insofar as it relates to matters of race,

            (vi) section 27,

            (vii) section 29, or

            (viii) section 31,

            (b)   the Commission's duty under section 10 insofar as it relates to matters of race and may be fulfilled by the exercise of those powers, and

            (c)   those powers insofar as they are or may be exercised for the purpose of matters concerning race.

    (2) Delegation under this paragraph shall not prevent the exercise by the Commission of a power, or the fulfilment by the Commission of a duty, by action which relates to any one or more than one of the causes of discrimination or prejudice referred to in section 10.

    (3) Before exercising a power to which paragraph 21(2) or 22(3) applies the Race Committee shall consult the Scotland Committee.

    (4) Before exercising a power to which paragraph 29(2) or 30(3) applies the Race Committee shall consult the Wales Committee.

    69  Before exercising a power or fulfilling a duty in relation to matters of race, the Commission shall consult the Race Committee.

    70  The Race Committee shall advise the Commission about the exercise of the Commission's functions insofar as they relate to matters of race.

      Resources

    71  In allocating its resources the Commission shall ensure that the Race Committee receives a share sufficient to enable it to exercise its functions.

      Report

    72 (1) The Race Committee shall for each financial year of the Commission submit to the Commission a report on the Committee's activities in that year.

    (2) The Commission shall incorporate each report of the Race Committee under sub-paragraph (1) into the relevant annual report of the Commission.

      Five Year Review

    73  The Commission shall arrange for a review of the activities of the Race Committee to be conducted as soon as is reasonably practicable after the end of the period of five years beginning with the date of the commencement for all purposes of sections 8 and 10 insofar as they relate to matters of race.

    74  The following may not participate in the review (although those conducting the review may seek views from any of the following)—

            (a)   a Commissioner or former Commissioner,

            (b)   staff or former staff of the Commission,

            (c)   a person who is or has been an Investigating Commissioner, and

            (d)   a person who is or has been a member of a committee established by the Commission.

    75  The Commission shall ensure—

            (a)   that those conducting the review consult persons whom they think likely to have an interest,

            (b)   that those conducting the review submit a report to the Commission, and

            (c)   that the report is published.

    76  The Race Committee may not be dissolved under paragraph 14(c).

      Definition

    77  In this Schedule "race" includes colour, nationality, ethnic origin and national origin.'.


   

Sandra Gidley
Dr Evan Harris

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*Title,     line     4,     leave out 'or belief' and insert 'belief or age'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE [21st NOVEMBER 2005]

That the following provisions shall apply to the Equality Bill:

Committal

    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Commitee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th December 2005.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6.   Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

 
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