Equalities and Human Rights Committee

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The Equalities and Human Rights Committee looks at matters relating to equal opportunities and upon the observance of equal opportunities within the Parliament, as well as human rights, including Convention rights (within the meaning of section 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998) and other human rights contained in any international convention, treaty or other international instrument ratified by the United Kingdom.

Background work on Common Frameworks

The Committee began to look into equal treatment legislation and whether this would require a non-legislative common framework.

Date Action
15 March 2018 In its evidence session on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, the Convener advised it was the  understanding of the Committee that equal treatment legislation was included in the list of non-legislative common frameworks that may be required.
22 February 2018 The Committee received a letter from the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe which set out the Scottish Government’s position on common frameworks.
16 February 2018 The Committee responded to the letter sent by the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee.

The response noted the Committee had not conducted any work in relation to the development of common frameworks but had begun to look into “equal treatment legislation” which may lead them to consider the common framework in this respect.

22 January 2018 The Committee wrote to the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe asking what the Scottish Government understood Equal Treatment Legislation to mean and to ask what the Scottish Government hoped to achieve from the repatriation of that power.
21 December 2017 The Committee received correspondence from the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee asking the Committee to advise on work that had been conducted or which the Committee intended to conduct in relation to the development of common frameworks.