Schedule 3 - Transfer schemes

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:00 pm ar 23 Mehefin 2005.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That this schedule be the third schedule to the Bill.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

I want to speak very briefly on this for the benefit of staff, in many ways. Schedule 3 to the Bill allows the Secretary of State to make transfer schemes to provide for the transfer of property rights or liabilities that would not otherwise be capable of being transferred or signed.

Schedule 3 schemes can cover the rights and liabilities under contracts of employment that are transferred by virtue of a scheme. This is the point that I wanted to make sure was clarified: the transfer of staff will be carried out so that staff are protected and they do not suffer detriment to their employment rights as a result of that transfer. That will be accomplished   through the transfer of undertaking regulations principles and in accordance with the Cabinet Office statement of practice.

Question put and agreed to.

Schedule 3 agreed to.

Clauses 29 to 31 ordered to stand part of the Bill.