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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13758: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what power it has to determine new protected characteristics in addition to those listed in the Equality Act 2010 and whether it plans to do so.

Answered by: Angela Constance 19 January 2018

Although section 37 of the Scotland Act 2016 allows the Scottish Parliament to introduce, in relation to the Scottish functions of Scottish or cross-border public authorities (other than board appointments), protections and requirements that supplement (but do not modify) the existing provisions of the Equality Act 2010, the power to create new protected characteristics in addition to those in the Equality Act 2010 remains reserved to the UK Parliament.