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Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Publications

Northern Ireland Affairs - Fourth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 21 July 1999.


CONTENTS


Terms of Reference

REPORT

INTRODUCTION

THE INQUIRY

THE ORIGINS OF THE 1976 ACT

THE ORIGINS OF THE 1989 ACT

THE STRUCTURE OF THE 1989 ACT

Individual complaints

Exceptions, including affirmative action

Regulatory scheme of the 1989 Act

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES ENACTED BETWEEN 1989 AND 1998

OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT POLICIES

REVIEW OF THE 1989 ACT

THE NORTHERN IRELAND ACT 1998

THE FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND TREATMENT ORDER 1998

EQUALITY COMMISSION WORKING GROUP REPORT

CONCEPTS IN ISSUE IN FAIR EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION

Discrimination

Equality of Opportunity

Affirmative action

Fair participation

ASSESSING THE POSITION TO DATE

Introduction

Progress against the criteria

Decline in unlawful discrimination

Reduction in segregation

Reduction in under-representation in employment

Unemployment differential

Employer compliance with regulatory requirements

Costs of the legislation

Overall assessment

Role of legislation and public policy

Handling of individual complaints

Fair participation

Regulation versus complaints

Enforcement versus advice-giving

THE FUTURE

Equality Commission

Harmonisation of equality legislation

Statutory Duty to Promote Equality of Opportunity

Contract Compliance

National Security Certificates

Affirmative action and reverse discrimination

Composition of the Senior Civil Service

Institutional Arrangements for Equality within Government

Unemployment differential

Investment

Research

SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

ANNEX

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT

LIST OF WITNESSES

LIST OF MEMORANDA INCLUDED IN THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

LIST OF APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

LIST OF UNPRINTED PAPERS

MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE


 
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