Clause 2 - Power to impose new nationality requirements

Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:45 pm ar 7 Mehefin 2004.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Llafur, Hendon

The clause is the mirror image of clause 1 in that it gives Ministers the power to make rules in respect of the nationality requirements of certain categories of post, which I envisage are those where it is clearly necessary in the national interest for a job to be reserved for a UK national. Those would account for about 10 per cent. of civil service posts. It is expected that the Bill would open up about 90 per cent. of posts to selection on merit, regardless of nationality. That would enable us to build a civil service that reflects the diversity of the society that it serves.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 2 ordered to stand part of the Bill.