§ Mr. MacDougall
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Government will take powers to make it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of age. 
§ Alan Johnson
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The Government are committed to introducing legislation under the European Employment Directive outlawing age discrimination in employment and vocational training by December 2006.
The Government have already sought views on a number of general age issues in the consultation document "Towards Equality and Diversity" and we intend to consult again on specific proposals by summer 2003.