HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 c407W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to ensure that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights will have the(a) capacity and (b) competence to (i) deal with and (ii) give due weight to the full range of issues for which it will be responsible. [176490]

Ms Hewitt

As set out in the White Paper, "Fairness for All", the Government will ensure that the Commission for Equality and Human Rights is led by a Board that reflects the communities it serves and understands their needs, has strong strategic capabilities, and is supported by skilled and expert staff. The CEHR will develop its priorities in close consultation with its stakeholders, reinforced by a statutory duty to consult on its strategic plan. This transparent process will ensure a balanced approach to prioritisation in which the full range of relevant issues is given due weight. The Government is committed to ensuring that the CEHR is adequately resourced.