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Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

Section 19B

10.Section 19B(1) makes it unlawful for a public authority to discriminate against a person on race grounds in carrying out any of its functions.

11.Section 19B(2) defines “public authority for the purposes of section 19B.  The definition is generic, based on the definition used in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

12.Section 19B(3) provides for certain exemptions from the definition of “public authority” at subsection (2) of section 19B, namely the Houses of Parliament and proceedings in Parliament, and the intelligence agencies.

13.Section 19B(4) makes it clear that the provision at section 19B(1) only applies when the act of discrimination has taken place in the carrying out of a public function.

14.Section 19B(6) prevents there being any overlap between the new provision and the existing provisions of the Act.

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