Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Fourth Report


7. Although the Northern Ireland Government prior to the introduction of Direct Rule in 1972 took some administrative action on fair employment, fair employment legislation as such has developed since the Northern Ireland Government was suspended. A Government committee (chaired first by Paul Channon, MP, and then subsequently by William van Straubenzee, MP) considered the question of discrimination in the private sector of employment and recommended that legislation be introduced.[8] The recommendations in this report were partially accepted and the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act 1976 was enacted. In addition to applying to private sector employment, public sector employment was also included. A Fair Employment Agency was established under the legislation, which came into operation in 1977.

8  Report and Recommendations of the Working Party on Discrimination in the Private Sector of Employment, HMSO, 1973. Back

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