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Ministerial Correction

Tuesday 5 April 2011

Women and Equalities

Equal Opportunities: Nationality

Priti Patel: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what guidance (a) the Government Equalities Office and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission issues on the practice of businesses offering discounts to persons based on their nationality. [47854]

[Official Report, 21 March 2011, Vol. 525, c. 763W.]

Letter of correction from Lynne Featherstone:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Witham (Priti Patel) on 21 March 2011. It is the Equality and Human Rights Commission that has published non-statutory guidance on the Equality Act 2010, not the European Court of Human Rights.

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The full answer given was as follows:

Lynne Featherstone: The Government Equalities Office has not issued any specific guidance relevant to the practice of business offering discounts to persons based on their nationality. The European Court of Human Rights has published non-statutory guidance on the Equality Act 2010 for service providers.

It would not normally be lawful for a business to offer discounts based on the protected characteristic of race, which includes nationality and ethnic or national origins.

The correct answer should have been:

Lynne Featherstone: The Government Equalities Office has not issued any specific guidance relevant to the practice of business offering discounts to persons based on their nationality. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published non-statutory guidance on the Equality Act 2010 for service providers.

It would not normally be lawful for a business to offer discounts based on the protected characteristic of race, which includes nationality and ethnic or national origins.