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Equality Bill passed by House of Commons

Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, has welcomed the completion of the Equality Bill through the House of Commons.

The Equality Bill sets out groundbreaking new laws which will help narrow the gap between rich and poor; require businesses to report on gender pay (1); outlaw age discrimination (2); and will significantly strengthen Britain's anti-discrimination legislation.

The Equality Bill will now progress to the House of Lords with two major amendments:

1. The socio-economic duty, which imposes a requirement on key public bodies such as government departments and local authorities to narrow the gap between rich and poor, will now also apply in Scotland.

2. Strengthened protection for disabled people against discrimination, such as restricting the use of pre-employment questionnaires about health or disability during the recruitment process.

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December 9, 2009

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