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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 4 June 2009

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s):

 

Equality Bill Committee 29-35 and 37-42

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Equality Bill

 

The Solicitor General

 

60

 

Clause  26,  page  19,  line  8,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 90.

 

The Solicitor General

 

61

 

Schedule  4,  page  166,  line  14,  leave out ‘5(4)(b)’ and insert ‘5(4)(c)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would correct a minor drafting error.

 

The Solicitor General

 

62

 

Clause  51,  page  40,  line  14,  before ‘qualification’, insert ‘relevant’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 63 would correct a minor drafting error to clarify that the

 

interpretation of a reference to conferring a relevant qualification applies in relation to all

 

relevant qualifications. A reference to conferring a relevant qualification would then include a

 

reference to renewing or extending its conferment.

 

The Solicitor General

 

63

 

Clause  51,  page  40,  line  15,  after ‘a’, insert ‘relevant’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 62.


 
 

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Equality Bill, continued

 
 

The Solicitor General

 

64

 

Clause  53,  page  41,  line  37,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would omit Clause 53(3) which excludes from the scope of Clause 52 services the

 

provision of which is otherwise than by way of a trade or profession, reinstating the effect of

 

existing law, whereby the manner in which employment services are provided is irrelevant.

 

The Solicitor General

 

65

 

Clause  58,  page  45,  line  19,  leave out from ‘person’ to ‘scheme’ in line 20 and

 

insert ‘who is a pension credit member of an occupational pension scheme as they apply

 

in relation to a disabled person who is a deferred member or pensioner member of the’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

A non-discrimination rule does not apply in relation to pension credit members of an occupational

 

pension scheme. This amendment and amendments 66 and 89 would ensure that disabled pension

 

credit members are protected from discrimination in so far as communications in relation to the

 

scheme are concerned.

 

The Solicitor General

 

66

 

Clause  58,  page  45,  line  26,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 65.

 

The Solicitor General

 

67

 

Clause  73,  page  55,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

a government department or part of the armed forces not specified in that

 

Schedule.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would exclude the security and intelligence agencies and GCHQ’s military

 

helpers from the scope of Clause 73. As a result, that clause would not apply to any government

 

department or any part of the armed forces.

 

The Solicitor General

 

68

 

Schedule  9,  page  181,  line  36,  leave out ‘work’ and insert ‘employment’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that paragraph 2 of Schedule 9 refers consistently to

 

“employment”.

 

The Solicitor General

 

69

 

Schedule  9,  page  182,  line  26,  leave out ‘52(1)(b) or (c) or (2)(a) or (b)’ and insert

 

‘52(1) or (2)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would expand the scope of the exception in paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 9

 

(permitting discrimination in relation to work for which having a particular protected

 

characteristic is an occupational requirement) so that it applies to all circumstances in Clause

 

52(1) or (2) giving rise to liability.


 
 

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Equality Bill, continued

 
 

The Solicitor General

 

70

 

Schedule  9,  page  182,  line  30,  after ‘52’, insert ‘(1) or (2)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would limit the exception in paragraph 5(2) of Schedule 9 (permitting

 

discrimination in relation to training for work for which having a particular protected

 

characteristic is an occupational requirement) so that it applies to discrimination only and not

 

harassment or victimisation.

 

The Solicitor General

 

71

 

Schedule  9,  page  182,  line  33,  leave out ‘52(1)(b) or (c) or (2)(a) or (b)’ and insert

 

‘52(1) or (2)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would expand the scope of the exception in paragraph 5(3) of Schedule 9

 

(permitting discrimination in reliance on a statement that a particular protected characteristic is

 

an occupational requirement) so that it applies to all circumstances in Clause 52(1) or (2) giving

 

rise to liability.

 

The Solicitor General

 

72

 

Schedule  9,  page  188,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

section 38(1) and (3);’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would bring Clause 38(1) and (3) within the scope of paragraph 19(1) of

 

Schedule 9. A principal would not then be liable under Clause 38 for discrimination or

 

victimisation relating to the provision of a benefit, facility or service to the public (as in existing

 

law).

 

The Solicitor General

 

73

 

Schedule  9,  page  188,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

in relation to section 38(1) and (3), the other contract workers supplied

 

to the principal;’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide that “comparable persons” means other contract workers

 

supplied to a principal, when determining whether provision of a benefit, facility or service by a

 

principal to a contract worker differs in a material respect for the purposes of paragraph 19(3)(a)

 

of Schedule 9.

 

The Solicitor General

 

74

 

Schedule  9,  page  188,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

the terms on which the principal allows B to do the contract work,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide that “B’s terms” means the terms on which the principal allows a

 

contract worker to work, when determining whether the provision of a benefit, facility or service

 

by the principal is regulated by B’s terms for the purposes of paragraph 19(3)(b) of Schedule 9.


 
 

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Equality Bill, continued

 
 

The Solicitor General

 

75

 

Clause  92,  page  70,  line  6,  after ‘a’, insert ‘relevant’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments 76 and 77 would make in relation to educational qualifications

 

corrections corresponding to the corrections that amendments 62 and 63 would make in relation

 

to work qualifications.

 

The Solicitor General

 

76

 

Clause  92,  page  70,  line  7,  after ‘a’, insert ‘relevant’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 75.

 

The Solicitor General

 

77

 

Clause  92,  page  70,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

A reference in section 91(8), (10) or (11) to a qualification is a reference to a

 

relevant qualification.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 75.

 

The Solicitor General

 

78

 

Clause  95,  page  70,  line  26,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 90.

 

The Solicitor General

 

79

 

Schedule  15,  page  207,  line  35,  leave out from ‘who’ to end of line 36 and insert

 

‘—

 

(a)    

are, or are seeking to become or might wish to become, members,

 

(b)    

are associates, or

 

(c)    

are, or are likely to become, guests.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 80 would expand the scope of the duty on associations to make

 

reasonable adjustments so that the duty applies in relation to prospective members and guests. The

 

omission of provision to that effect from the Bill on introduction was an oversight.

 

The Solicitor General

 

80

 

Schedule  15,  page  208,  line  1,  leave out from ‘relevant’ to end of line 2 and insert

 

‘matters are—

 

(a)    

access to a benefit, facility or service;

 

(b)    

being admitted to membership or invited as a guest.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 79.


 
 

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Equality Bill, continued

 
 

The Solicitor General

 

81

 

Clause  130,  page  95,  line  27,  after ‘offence’, insert ‘under this Act’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove an inconsistency between Clause 107(7)(a) and Clause 130(5).

 

The Solicitor General

 

82

 

Clause  138,  page  100,  line  16,  after ‘of’, insert ‘or made under’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would expand the scope of Clause 138(1) to render unenforceable a contractual

 

term which purports to exclude or limit a provision made under the Bill in addition to a provision

 

of the Bill itself. The amendment would complement the provisions already in the Bill.

 

The Solicitor General

 

83

 

Clause  138,  page  100,  line  19,  after ‘of’, insert ‘or made under’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would expand the scope of Clause 138(2) to render unenforceable a relevant non-

 

contractual term which purports to exclude or limit a provision made under the Bill in addition to

 

a provision of the Bill itself. The amendment would complement the provisions already in the Bill.

 

The Solicitor General

 

84

 

Clause  151,  page  111,  line  8,  after ‘person’, insert ‘other than the Assembly

 

Commission’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide for the National Assembly for Wales Commission not to be a

 

“relevant Welsh authority”; accordingly, a Minister of the Crown (not the Welsh Ministers) would

 

have power to make an order to add the Commission to Schedule 19 or to impose specific duties

 

on it.

 

The Solicitor General

 

85

 

Clause  151,  page  111,  line  12,  after ‘authority’, insert ‘or the Assembly

 

Commission’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide for the National Assembly for Wales Commission not to be a

 

“relevant cross-border authority”; accordingly, a Minister of the Crown (not the Welsh Ministers)

 

would have power to make an order to add the Commission to Schedule 19 or to impose specific

 

duties on it.

 

The Solicitor General

 

86

 

Clause  151,  page  111,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Assembly Commission has the same meaning as in the Government of Wales

 

Act 2006.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would define “the Assembly Commission” in amendments 84 and 85 as the

 

National Assembly for Wales Commission or Comisiwn Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru.


 
 

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Equality Bill, continued

 
 

The Solicitor General

 

87

 

Clause  175,  page  127,  line  38,  leave out ‘194(3)(a)’ and insert ‘194(4)(a)’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would correct a cross-reference. The correct reference is to the power of the

 

Secretary of State to make different provision in regulations for different purposes. The incorrect

 

reference relates to sex discrimination in schools.

 

The Solicitor General

 

88

 

Schedule  22,  page  233,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

a college of further education within the meaning of section 36 of the

 

Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992;

 

( )    

a university in Scotland;’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the exception to Part 5 in paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 22 will

 

apply to institutions providing further and higher education in Scotland and that an order may be

 

made under paragraph 3(5) in respect of such institutions.

 

The Solicitor General

 

89

 

Clause  199,  page  141,  line  43,  after ‘“Employer”,’, insert ‘“deferred member”,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 65.

 

The Solicitor General

 

90

 

Clause  199,  page  142,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Nothing in section 26, 30, 79, 85, 90 or 95 is to be regarded as an express

 

exception.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would clarify that a provision specifying when a particular Part of the Bill, or

 

Chapter of a Part, does or does not apply is not to be regarded as an express exception.

 

Non-discrimination alterations

 

The Solicitor General

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies if the trustees or managers of an occupational pension

 

scheme do not have power to make non-discrimination alterations to the scheme.

 

(2)    

This section also applies if the trustees or managers of an occupational pension

 

scheme have power to make non-discrimination alterations to the scheme but the

 

procedure for doing so—

 

(a)    

is liable to be unduly complex or protracted, or

 

(b)    

involves obtaining consents which cannot be obtained or which can be

 

obtained only with undue delay or difficulty.

 

(3)    

The trustees or managers may by resolution make non-discrimination alterations

 

to the scheme.


 
 

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(4)    

Non-discrimination alterations may have effect in relation to a period before the

 

date on which they are made.

 

(5)    

Non-discrimination alterations to an occupational pension scheme are such

 

alterations to the scheme as may be required for the provisions of the scheme to

 

have the effect that they have in consequence of section 57(3).’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that trustees and managers of occupational pension schemes have

 

power to amend scheme documentation so that it conforms to the provisions of the scheme as they

 

have effect after the operation of the non-discrimination rule.

 


 
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