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Marine policy and equalities legislation: myths busted

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Defra officials had already concluded that the Marine Policy Statement complied with the Equalities Act 2010.

The myth - The Mail on Sunday and Daily Express claim that Defra paid £100,000 to consultants to test whether the draft Marine Policy Statement discriminated against minorities.

The truth - A number of assessments were carried out across a range of policies, as required under environmental legislation.

Defra officials had already concluded that the Marine Policy Statement complied with the Equalities Act 2010 and did not require a full equalities impact assessment. Defra did not spend £100,000 to find this out.