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1684654
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-23more like thismore than 2024-01-23
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Equality and Human Rights Commission: Public Appointments more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what are (1) the process, (2) the criteria, and (3) the timeframe, for recruiting a permanent chief executive to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and how the process and criteria will differ from previous recruitment rounds for this position. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Barker more like this
uin HL1837 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-06more like thismore than 2024-02-06
answer text <p>As an executive non-departmental public body that is operationally independent, this is for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to respond. I have attached the response from the Interim Chief Executive below.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Barran more like this
grouped question UIN
HL1836 more like this
HL1838 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-06T12:24:51.857Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-06T12:24:51.857Z
answering member
4703
label Biography information for Baroness Barran more like this
attachment
1
file name 020224Barker.pdf more like this
title EHRC letter more like this
tabling member
2501
label Biography information for Baroness Barker more like this
1684655
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-23more like thismore than 2024-01-23
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Equality and Human Rights Commission: Termination of Employment more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government how many individuals have left the leadership team of the Equality and Human Rights Commission since 1 December 2016, what roles these individuals had upon leaving, on what dates they left, for how long they had occupied the role, how long they had been employed by the Commission, and whether they (1) retired, or (2) resigned. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Barker more like this
uin HL1838 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-06more like thismore than 2024-02-06
answer text <p>As an executive non-departmental public body that is operationally independent, this is for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to respond. I have attached the response from the Interim Chief Executive below.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Barran more like this
grouped question UIN
HL1836 more like this
HL1837 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-06T12:24:51.77Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-06T12:24:51.77Z
answering member
4703
label Biography information for Baroness Barran more like this
attachment
1
file name 020224Barker.pdf more like this
title EHRC letter more like this
tabling member
2501
label Biography information for Baroness Barker more like this
1685249
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-26more like thismore than 2024-01-26
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Veganism and Vegetarianism: Care Homes more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of (a) legal and (b) other protections for the right of vegans and vegetarians to manifest their beliefs in care settings. more like this
tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
tabling member printed
Henry Smith more like this
uin 11598 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-05more like thismore than 2024-02-05
answer text <p>Ethical veganism has previously been found to be a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010 by an employment tribunal, in an employment context. While this is not binding in other cases, all employers and service providers, including those who administer care homes and hospitals, should have regard to the differing dietary needs of people who they provide meals to, whether these are determined by health considerations, religious or philosophical belief. Providers should also recognise that food is not the only aspect of how ethical vegans conduct their lives and where possible should ensure that these other aspects are catered for.</p><p> </p><p>Care providers should be aware that service users such as care home residents and ward patients may bring claims under the Act, where they consider they have been treated less favourably because of their belief in ethical veganism. In addition, public sector providers are subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty which requires them, in carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to achieve the objectives set out under s149 of the Equality Act 2010 to:</p><p>(a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010; (b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it and (c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. Specific duties, set out in regulations, ensure transparency, and assist in the performance of this duty.</p><p>The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulate care homes as well as other health and care providers. One of the fundamental standards is on nutritional and hydration needs. Please see the link below.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/regulations/regulation-14-meeting-nutritional-hydration-needs" target="_blank">https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/regulations/regulation-14-meeting-nutritional-hydration-needs</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-05T17:13:47.163Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-05T17:13:47.163Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
3960
label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
1684046
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-22more like thismore than 2024-01-22
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Recruitment: Advertising more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of requiring employers to publish salary information when advertising job opportunities. more like this
tabling member constituency Enfield, Southgate more like this
tabling member printed
Bambos Charalambous more like this
uin 10863 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-01more like thismore than 2024-02-01
answer text <p>There is growing evidence to show that when salary information is not transparent, it has an impact on how people, particularly women and those from ethnic minorities, negotiate pay. This can ultimately result in lower starting salaries and smaller pay rises. In light of this, we have considered the merits of making this a requirement.</p><p> </p><p>However, we appreciate that some employers may find it challenging to be fully transparent about pay, and for many organisations, moving immediately to a system of full pay transparency would require a period of adjustment. We therefore do not believe that introducing a legal requirement to disclose this information is the right course of action.</p><p> </p><p>However, in order to encourage and assist employers in voluntarily adopting this, we are considering what further support employers may need. In addition, our pay transparency pilot will provide insights on the impact it can have.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Lewes more like this
answering member printed Maria Caulfield more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-01T14:42:00.193Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-01T14:42:00.193Z
answering member
4492
label Biography information for Maria Caulfield more like this
tabling member
4610
label Biography information for Bambos Charalambous more like this
1684117
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-22more like thismore than 2024-01-22
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Employment: Discrimination more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for her policies of LGBT discrimination in the workplace; and what steps her Department is taking to mitigate such discrimination. more like this
tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Crawley more like this
uin 10851 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-01-30more like thismore than 2024-01-30
answer text <p>It is crucial that we ensure people are treated fairly in the workplace, so that everyone can thrive and reach their full potential, whatever their background or characteristics, including LGBT people.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Equality Act 2010 provides one of the world’s strongest legislative frameworks to prevent and tackle discrimination and harassment in employment against those with particular protected characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender reassignment.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>As part of our Inclusive Britain strategy, published in March 2022, we launched an Inclusion at Work Panel last year aimed at helping employers achieve fairness and inclusion in the workplace.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-01-30T11:48:13.16Zmore like thismore than 2024-01-30T11:48:13.16Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
4469
label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
1683679
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-19more like thismore than 2024-01-19
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Gender Recognition more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to allow transgender people who are deceased to be legally remembered by the gender they lived by. more like this
tabling member constituency Warrington North more like this
tabling member printed
Charlotte Nichols more like this
uin 10680 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-01-29more like thismore than 2024-01-29
answer text <p>We recognise the sensitivity of these situations, particularly when family and friends are dealing with the loss of a loved one. The Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004 provides for people to change their legal gender. Those who have undergone this process and acquired a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) before the time of their death will, of course, be recognised in their new gender.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Without undergoing the process of legal gender recognition and acquiring a GRC under the provisions laid out in the GRA 2004, a person has not legally changed gender. Therefore they would not be recognised in their new gender upon the unfortunate event of their death. That said, where a person was using their new gender with an organisation prior to their death, and that was on their personal records, then we anticipate that the organisation would engage with their family members using the new gender. These organisations could include the NHS, their place of work or community groups.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>We recognise that everyone who decides to undergo a change in how their legal sex is recorded deserves our respect, support and compassion throughout the process. The process does not currently allow for third party applications, such as posthumous applications on behalf of a deceased friend or relative, as any application will be a deeply personal undertaking and choice.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Following the GRA consultation and the subsequent changes we made to the application process, we have no plans to further amend the Act.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-01-29T17:51:20.13Zmore like thismore than 2024-01-29T17:51:20.13Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
4799
label Biography information for Charlotte Nichols more like this
1683024
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-17more like thismore than 2024-01-17
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Members: Correspondence more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to respond to the letters dated (a) 13 November and (b) 13 December 2023 from the hon. Member from Weston-super-Mare on behalf of a constituent on the conversion therapy ban. more like this
tabling member constituency Weston-super-Mare more like this
tabling member printed
John Penrose more like this
uin 10073 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-01-25more like thismore than 2024-01-25
answer text <p>I can confirm receipt of the letters my Hon. Friend refers to, having had them passed to me only this week. I have now responded to these letters, and I apologise for the delay in responding.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-01-25T17:35:20.633Zmore like thismore than 2024-01-25T17:35:20.633Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
1584
label Biography information for John Penrose more like this
1684115
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-22more like thismore than 2024-01-22
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Employment: Fertility more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of fertility treatment on workplace rights for LGBT families. more like this
tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Crawley more like this
uin 10849 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-01-25more like thismore than 2024-01-25
answer text <p>It is crucial that we ensure everyone is treated fairly in the workplace, so that they can thrive and reach their full potential, including LGBT people undergoing - or seeking to undergo - fertility treatment.</p><p>While no specific assessment has been made, the Government has set out in the Women’s Health Strategy our commitment to remove the additional financial burdens of self-funding artificial insemination on female same-sex couples, so that they are able to access NHS-funded fertility services in a more equitable way. It is for Integrated Care Boards to implement the commitment to improve access to NHS-funded fertility treatment for female same sex couples, taking account of the relevant equality legislation. Media coverage of, and stakeholder interest in, these developments should help raise awareness, including amongst employers, about the importance of fertility treatment for LGBT family formation.</p><p>As part of our Inclusive Britain strategy, published in March 2022, we launched an Inclusion at Work Panel last year aimed at helping employers achieve fairness and inclusion in the workplace.</p><p>If an individual feels that they have been unlawfully discriminated against in the workplace, they may wish to contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). They may also wish to contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service which provides free bespoke advice and in-depth support to individuals with discrimination or equality concerns.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
grouped question UIN 10850 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-01-25T17:36:34.593Zmore like thismore than 2024-01-25T17:36:34.593Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
4469
label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
1684116
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-22more like thismore than 2024-01-22
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Employment: Fertility more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010 at supporting working LGBT families accessing fertility treatment. more like this
tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Crawley more like this
uin 10850 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-01-25more like thismore than 2024-01-25
answer text <p>It is crucial that we ensure everyone is treated fairly in the workplace, so that they can thrive and reach their full potential, including LGBT people undergoing - or seeking to undergo - fertility treatment.</p><p>While no specific assessment has been made, the Government has set out in the Women’s Health Strategy our commitment to remove the additional financial burdens of self-funding artificial insemination on female same-sex couples, so that they are able to access NHS-funded fertility services in a more equitable way. It is for Integrated Care Boards to implement the commitment to improve access to NHS-funded fertility treatment for female same sex couples, taking account of the relevant equality legislation. Media coverage of, and stakeholder interest in, these developments should help raise awareness, including amongst employers, about the importance of fertility treatment for LGBT family formation.</p><p>As part of our Inclusive Britain strategy, published in March 2022, we launched an Inclusion at Work Panel last year aimed at helping employers achieve fairness and inclusion in the workplace.</p><p>If an individual feels that they have been unlawfully discriminated against in the workplace, they may wish to contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). They may also wish to contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service which provides free bespoke advice and in-depth support to individuals with discrimination or equality concerns.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
grouped question UIN 10849 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-01-25T17:36:34.64Zmore like thismore than 2024-01-25T17:36:34.64Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
4469
label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
1681816
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-01-12more like thismore than 2024-01-12
answering body
Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept id 31 more like this
answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
hansard heading Hospitality Industry: Visual Impairment more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department issues guidance to the hospitality sector on the statutory entitlement of visually impaired people to access premises with their guide dogs. more like this
tabling member constituency South Holland and The Deepings more like this
tabling member printed
Sir John Hayes more like this
uin 9323 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-01-22more like thismore than 2024-01-22
answer text <p>The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published clear guidance on this matter. This is part of its work to ensure that businesses and service providers - including those in the hospitality sector - are aware of their legal responsibilities towards disabled customers with assistance dogs (including guide dogs) and are equipped with the knowledge to ensure the Equality Act 2010 is complied with.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The guidance, available on the EHRC website, makes it clear that businesses and service providers should allow assistance dogs access to buildings where dogs would normally not be permitted, whenever this is reasonable.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>‘Assistance dogs: A guide for all businesses’</p><p><a href="https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/assistance-dogs-a-guide-for-all-businesses.pdf" target="_blank">www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/assistance-dogs-a-guide-for-all-businesses.pdf</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>‘Take the lead: A guide to welcoming customers with assistance dogs’</p><p><a href="https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/take-the-lead-welcoming-customers-with-assistance-dogs_0.pdf" target="_blank">www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/take-the-lead-welcoming-customers-with-assistance-dogs_0.pdf</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-01-22T17:08:33.203Zmore like thismore than 2024-01-22T17:08:33.203Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
350
label Biography information for Sir John Hayes more like this