Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry to the Chairman

  As Minister for Employment Relations, I am writing to update you on our progress in implementing the age strand of the Employment Directive.

  We wrote to you last summer, 12 July 2005,[196] with details of our Equality and Diversity: Coming of Age consultation on the draft regulations. This consultation closed on 17 October 2005. We have analysed the 395 consultation responses and have continued to engage with stakeholders through our Age Advisory Group and more informally. We have made a number of changes to the draft regulations in response to comments received through these processes.

  I am pleased to be able to inform you that we laid the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 for consideration by Parliament on 9 March. I am attaching a copy of the regulations and the accompanying notes (not printed). Subject to Parliamentary approval, the regulations will come into force on 1 October.

  Our analysis of the consultation responses was also published on 9 March. In line with normal practice we have also published detailed analysis of the benefits and costs of implementing the age strand of the Directive. Both the consultation report and the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) are available from the DTI website at:

8 March 2006

196   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, p 564. Back

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