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Northern Ireland Act 1998

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75Statutory duty on public authorities

(1)A public authority shall in carrying out its functions relating to Northern Ireland have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity—

(a)between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation;

(b)between men and women generally;

(c)between persons with a disability and persons without; and

(d)between persons with dependants and persons without.

(2)Without prejudice to its obligations under subsection (1), a public authority shall in carrying out its functions relating to Northern Ireland have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.

(3)In this section “public authority” means—

(a)any department, corporation or body listed in Schedule 2 to the [1967 c. 13.] Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments, corporations and bodies subject to investigation) and designated for the purposes of this section by order made by the Secretary of State;

(b)any body (other than the Equality Commission) listed in Schedule 2 to the [S.I. 1996/1297 (N.I.7).] Commissioner for Complaints (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (bodies subject to investigation);

(c)any department or other authority listed in Schedule 2 to the [S.I. 1996/1298 (N.I.8).] Ombudsman (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (departments and other authorities subject to investigation);

(d)any other person designated for the purposes of this section by order made by the Secretary of State.

(4)Schedule 9 (which makes provision for the enforcement of the duties under this section) shall have effect.

(5)In this section—

  • “disability” has the same meaning as in the [1995 c. 50.] Disability Discrimination Act 1995; and

  • “racial group” has the same meaning as in the [S.I. 1997/869 (N.I.6).] Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

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