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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03034: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to modify any laws and regulations that are deemed to constitute discrimination against disabled people as required by Article 4(b) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 5 October 2016

The Scottish Government is fully committed to meeting its international human rights obligations, including those arising under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We have recently consulted on a Disability Delivery Plan which addresses key aspects of the rights identified by the Convention and will report to the UN (via the UK) on Scotland’s performance against treaty obligations as part of the Universal Periodic Review process (in 2017) and in due course also to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (date of examination yet to be set).

The Scotland Act 1998 requires all Acts of the Scottish Parliament to be compatible with core rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Equality Act 2010 sets the legal framework for tackling discrimination across Great Britain. The public sector equality duty at section 149 of the Act requires Scottish Ministers to have due regard to the need to – eliminate discrimination which is unlawful under the Act, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.