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Equality Act 2006

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Background

  4. The Act

  5. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: The Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      1. Section 1: Establishment

      2. Section 2: Constitution, &c.

      3. Section 3: General duty

      4. Section 4: Strategic plan

      5. Section 5: Strategic plan: consultation

      6. Section 6: Disclosure

      7. Section 7: Scotland: human rights

      8. Section 8: Equality and diversity

      9. Section 9: Human rights

      10. Section 10: Groups

      11. Section 11: Monitoring the law

      12. Section 12: Monitoring progress

      13. Section 14: Codes of practice

      14. Section 15: Codes of practice: supplemental

      15. Section 16: Inquiries

      16. Section 17: Grants

      17. Section 18: Human rights

      18. Section 19:  Groups

      19. Section 20: Investigations

      20. Section 21: Unlawful act notice

      21. Section 22: Action plans

      22. Section 23: Agreements

      23. Section 24: Applications to court

      24. Section 25: Application to restrain unlawful advertising, pressure, &c.

      25. Section 26: Section 25: supplemental

      26. Section 27:  Conciliation

      27. Section 28: Legal assistance

      28. Section 29: Legal assistance: costs

      29. Section 30: Judicial review and other legal proceedings

      30. Section 31: Public sector duties: assessment

      31. Section 32: Public sector duties: compliance notice

      32. Section 33: Equality and human rights enactments

      33. Section 34: Unlawful

      34. Section 35: General

      35. Section 36: Dissolution

      36. Section 37: Transfer of property, &c.

      37. Section 38: Transfer of property: supplemental

      38. Section 39: Orders and regulations

      39. Section 40: Consequential amendments

      40. Section 41: Transitional: the Commission

      41. Section 42: Transitional: functions of the dissolved Commissions

      42. Section 43: Transitional: rented housing in Scotland

    2. Part 2: Discrimination on Grounds of Religion or Belief

      1. Section 44: Religion and belief

      2. Section 45: Discrimination

      3. Section 46: Goods, facilities and services

      4. Section 47: Premises

      5. Section 48: Section 47: exceptions

      6. Section 49: Educational establishments

      7. Section 50: Section 49: exceptions

      8. Section 51: Local education authorities and education authorities

      9. Section 52: Public authorities: general

      10. Section 53: Discriminatory practices

      11. Section 54: Discriminatory advertisements

      12. Section 55: Instructing or causing discrimination

      13. Section 56: Statutory requirements

      14. Section 57: Organisations relating to religion or belief

      15. Section 58: Charities relating to religion or belief

      16. Section 59: Faith schools,

      17. Section 60: Membership requirement

      18. Section 61: Education, training and welfare

      19. Section 62: Care within family

      20. Section 63: National security

      21. Section 64: Amendment of exceptions

      22. Section 65: Restriction of proceedings

      23. Section 66: Claim of unlawful action

      24. Section 67: Immigration

      25. Section 68: Remedies

      26. Section 69: Timing

      27. Section 70: Information

      28. Section 71: National security

      29. Section 72: Validity and revision of contracts

      30. Section 73: Aiding unlawful acts

      31. Section 74: Employers’ and principals’ liability

      32. Section 75: Police, &c.

      33. Section 76: Indirect provision of benefit, &c.

      34. Section 77: Employment Equality Regulations

      35. Section 78: Crown application

      36. Section 79: Interpretation

      37. Section 80: Territorial application

    3. Part 3: Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation

      1. Section 81: Regulations

      2. Section 82: Northern Ireland Regulations

    4. Part 4: Public Functions

      1. Section 83: Prohibition of discrimination

      2. Section 84: General duty to promote equality, &c.

      3. Section 85: Specific duties

      4. Section 86: Codes of practice

      5. Section 87: National Security

      6. Section 88: General duty: exceptions

      7. Section 89: National Security

      8. Section 90: National Security

    5. Part 5: General

      1. Section 91: Repeals

      2. Section 92: Crown application

    6. Schedule 1: The Commission: Constitution, &c.

    7. Schedule 1, Part 1: Constitution

    8. Schedule 1, Part 2: Proceedings

    9. Schedule 1, Part 3: Money

    10. Schedule 1, Part 4 – Status &c.

    11. Schedule 1, Part 5 – Disability Committee

    12. Schedule 2: Inquiries, Investigations and Assessments

    13. Schedule 3: Amendments consequential on Part 1

    14. Schedule 4: Repeals

  6. Territorial Extent

  7. Transposition of Eu Directives

  8. Commencement

  9. Hansard References

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