HL Deb 26 April 2004 vol 660 cc71-2WA
Lord Lester of Herne Hill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the areas of Home Office policy within the scope of work done by Mr Matt Cavanagh, special adviser to the Home Secretary; and whether those areas include the Government's policies or practices as regards equality of opportunity, or legislation and practice regarding race relations, immigration and asylum, or the functions of the proposed Equality and Human Rights Commission. [HL2032]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The Home Secretary draws advice from a range of those with experience, knowledge and interest in the areas listed. This includes his special advisers, including Matt Cavanagh, as well as outside expertise. Cross-cutting equality issues are, of course, informed by advice and support across a number of departments, including the developments of the proposed single equality body.