Employment Bill

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Mr. Hammond: I am afraid that I have only the skimpy version of the Law Society brief and nothing as beefy as the one before the Minister. I raised the issue in the hope that Committee members or indeed the Minister might be aware of it. He clearly feels that, under the working time regulations, there is no lack of clarity about the right to accrue holiday entitlement on maternity leave. By extension, he feels that there will be no problem with the clarity of the right to accrue holiday entitlement on paternity or adoption leave. I raise the issue merely to probe whether the Minister is aware of the problem and whether he thinks that it could usefully be dealt with in this aspect of the Bill, but I have no great agenda for it. If the Minister is sure that there is no problem, I am happy to withdraw the

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amendment. If the Law Society thinks differently, it will no doubt let the Minister know. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

        Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Pearson.]

        Adjourned at Seven o'clock till Thursday 10 January at half-past Nine o'clock.

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The following Members attended the Committee:
Benton, Mr. Joe (Chairman)
Cotter, Brian
Hammond, Mr.
Hendry, Mr.
Hughes, Mr. Kevin
Humble, Mrs.
Johnson, Alan
Jones, Helen
Lamb, Norman
Laxton, Mr.

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Lloyd, Mr.
Marris, Rob
Osborne, Mr. George
Pearson, Mr.
Prisk, Mr.
Simmonds, Mr.
Smith, Geraldine
Tami, Mark
Williams, Mrs. Betty
Williams, Hywel

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