Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Clause 56 — Commission for Equality and Human Rights — 16 Apr 2013 at 17:15
The majority of MPs voted to reduce the responsibilities of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, focusing them on more specific, rather than general, duties.
MPs were considering the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. The motion approved in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 36.
- Page 55, line 8, leave out subsection (6)
- (6) In section 12 (monitoring progress) —
- (a) in subsection (1)(a) for “the aim specified in section 3” substitute “the duties specified in sections 8 and 9”;
- (b) in subsection (1)(b) for “the development of the society described in section 3” substitute “changes in society that are consistent with those duties”.
These relate to amendments to the Equality Act 2006 which establishes, and sets out the role of, the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
The amendment proposes an apparently minor change in the way the commission is required to identify societal changes which may impact their area of responsibility.
The amendment removes two references to the "general duty" which states:
- The Commission shall exercise its functions under this Part with a view to encouraging and supporting the development of a society in which—
- (a)people's ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination,
- (b)there is respect for and protection of each individual's human rights,
- (c)there is respect for the dignity and worth of each individual,
- (d)each individual has an equal opportunity to participate in society, and
- (e)there is mutual respect between groups based on understanding and valuing of diversity and on shared respect for equality and human rights.
The amendment sought to replace the references to the above general duties with references to the commissions more specific duties in relation to "Equality and Diversity" and "Human Rights"; as it stood the Bill proposed repealing section 3 of the Equalities Act, which sets out the general duty of the Commission, entirely, Lords amendment 36, which was the subject of this vote, together with amendment 35, would have reversed that repeal.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (now an Act)
-  Lords amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill - 22 March 2013
-  Page of Lords amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill - 22 March 2013 - containing amendment 36
-  Version of the Bill on which the amendments take effect
-  Clause 56 from the version of the Bill on which the amendments take effect
-  Explanatory notes to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill - 19 October 2012
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||270 (+1 tell)||2||0||89.5%|
|Lab||0||221 (+2 tell)||0||86.8%|
|LDem||42 (+1 tell)||2||0||78.9%|
|Nicola Blackwood||Oxford West and Abingdon||Con (front bench)||no|
|Peter Bottomley||Worthing West||Con (front bench)||no|
|Alan Beith||Berwick-upon-Tweed||LDem (front bench)||no|
|John Hemming||Birmingham, Yardley||LDem (front bench)||no|