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Public Bill Committee: 9 June 2009                     

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Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

ule 9. A principal would not then be liable under Clause 38 for discrimination or victimisation re­

 

lating to the provision of a benefit, facility or service to the public (as in existing law).

 

The Solicitor General

 

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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 sup­

 

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

 

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

 

Schedule 9.

 

The Solicitor General

 

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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.

 


 

John Mason

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  79,  page  59,  line  37,  leave out paragraph (c).

 


 

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

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 75.

 

The Solicitor General

 

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


 
 

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‘( )    

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

 

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

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 90.

 


 

The Solicitor General

 

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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

 

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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.

 


 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

16

 

Clause  118,  page  85,  line  28,  leave out paragraph (c).

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

17

 

Clause  118,  page  85,  line  29,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—


 
 

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‘(3)    

In the event that an employment tribunal finds that an employer has contravened

 

a term modified or included by an equality clause, the employer shall be required

 

to undertake an audit, to be known as an equal pay audit, and to make the results

 

of the audit available in a manner prescribed in regulations made by the Secretary

 

of State.’.

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

18

 

Clause  118,  page  86,  line  8,  leave out subsection (7).

 


 

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

 

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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

 

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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.

 


 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

19

 

Clause  143,  page  105,  line  14,  at beginning insert ‘Subsection (1) will also apply

 

to’.


 
 

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Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

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Clause  143,  page  105,  leave out lines 15 and 16 and insert ‘except in relation to matters

 

of employment’.

 

John Mason

 

48

 

Clause  143,  page  105,  line  31,  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes the requirement on public authorities to ‘tackle prejudice’, which is not defined in the

 

Bill.

 

John Mason

 

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Clause  143,  page  105,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

Having due regard to the need to foster good relations between persons who share

 

a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it involves

 

ensuring a proper balance between the rights of persons who share a relevant

 

protected characteristic and the rights of persons who share a different relevant

 

protected characteristic.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Prevents public authorities using the public sector equality duty to favour the rights of one group

 

over another.

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

21

 

Clause  143,  page  105,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

A public authority must collect and publish data annually showing, in the exercise

 

of its functions, the extent to which it has succeeded in meeting the requirements

 

under subsection (1).’.

 


 

John Mason

 

50

 

Schedule  18,  page  216,  leave out lines 21 to 24.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Commons, the Lords, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly are exempt from the

 

public sector equality duty. This amendment would remove those exemptions.

 


 

John Mason

 

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Page  107,  line  6,  leave out Clause 145.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes all ministerial order-making powers related to the public sector equality duty. This would


 
 

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require the Government to use primary legislation instead.

 


 

John Mason

 

52

 

Page  107,  line  29,  leave out Clause 146.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes all ministerial order-making powers related to the public sector equality duty. This would

 

require the Government to use primary legislation instead.

 


 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

22

 

Clause  147,  page  108,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

Before regulations are made under this section, there must be laid before both

 

Houses of Parliament—

 

(a)    

draft regulations, and

 

(b)    

evidence that the regulations will enable the better performance by public

 

authorities of the duty imposed by subsection (1).’.

 

John Mason

 

53

 

Page  108,  line  18,  leave out Clause 147.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes all ministerial order-making powers related to the public sector equality duty. This would

 

require the Government to use primary legislation instead.

 


 

John Mason

 

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Page  109,  line  1,  leave out Clause 148.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes all ministerial order-making powers related to the public sector equality duty. This would

 

require the Government to use primary legislation instead.

 


 

John Mason

 

55

 

Page  110,  line  17,  leave out Clause 149.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Removes all ministerial order-making powers related to the public sector equality duty. This would


 
 

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require the Government to use primary legislation instead.

 


 

The Solicitor General

 

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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 “rel­

 

evant 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

 

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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 “rel­

 

evant 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

 

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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 Na­

 

tional Assembly for Wales Commission or Comisiwn Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru.

 


 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

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Clause  153,  page  113,  line  2,  leave out ‘reasonably thinks’ and insert ‘can

 

demonstrate’.

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

23

 

Clause  153,  page  113,  line  16,  leave out ‘as qualified as’ and insert ‘equally

 

qualified to’.


 
 

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Mr Mark Harper

 

John Penrose

 

Mr John Baron

 

24

 

Page  113,  line  1,  leave out Clause 153.

 


 

The Solicitor General

 

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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 Sec­

 

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

 

erence relates to sex discrimination in schools.

 


 

The Solicitor General

 

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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.

 


 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  188,  page  134,  line  26,  leave out ‘reassignment’ and insert ‘identity’.

 


 

John Mason

 

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Schedule  23,  page  235,  line  17,  leave out ‘or’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Adds to the religious exceptions from the ban on goods and services discrimination. Would protect

 

someone who provides services as a form of religious mission. In conjunction with the Amendment

 

to line 20, would, for example, benefit a Christian bed and breakfast business where the proprie­

 

tors’ goal is to share their faith with guests.


 
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