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Policy Response

30th September 2002

Response to The Odysseus Trust

The Odysseus Trust
193 Fleet Street
London EC4A 2AH

30 September 2002

Dear Lord Lester,

Re: Single Equality Bill Consultation

Runnymede welcomes the opportunity to respond to the draft bill and commends its authors on their foresight and commitment to what is undoubtedly a vital development in UK legislation. As you will be aware it has been Runnymede's public policy since the launch of the report of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain to argue for a single Equality Act and commission. We would be happy to work with the Odysseus Trust in campaigning and advocating change in this direction.

Unfortunately we do not have the resources or expertise to respond to the Bill in as detailed a manner as we would like, given that we have no legal experts on staff. Instead, we would like to make a few points where we believe the bill could be strengthened to support the development of equality in the UK.

With these comments in mind, we wholeheartedly support the efforts of the Odysseus Trust in your work to see this draft bill become law. We look forward to working with you to achieve that aim.

Yours sincerely,

Michelynn Laflèche

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