Today the Equality Bill returns to the floor of the Commons on which I lead for the Liberal Democrats. Report stage brings back key issues that didn’t get voted on at Committee Stage and also gives an opportunity for the whole of the House to table amendments to the Bill.
Sadly – the Government organises business in that it is quite clear from the order of the amendments and New Clauses chosen that the Government does not want the issue of equal pay to get an airing. It has been moved down the list to the point where, in the derisory few hours the Government has allowed for this debate, it won’t be reached and will simply fall – as will most of the issues that the Government wants to avoid.
So much for any real change in the way politics is done!