HC Deb 01 November 2001 vol 373 c775W
19. Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when she will introduce anti-discrimination legislation required by the EU directives. [9569]

Ms Hewitt

We shall introduce new anti-discrimination legislation in time to meet the deadlines which we agreed in the Employment Directive: namely, 2003 for sexual orientation and religion; and 2006 for age.

I am considering with colleagues across Government how best to introduce legislation on these issues while fulfilling our commitments on existing legislation on race, disability and sex discrimination. We shall publish a consultation document about our plans for new legislation within the next three months.