Clause 76

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 5:00 pm ar 23 Mehefin 2009.

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Photo of Sandra Osborne Sandra Osborne Llafur, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock 5:00, 23 Mehefin 2009

I want to ask the Minister a brief question. I hope that it is on the clause—no doubt you will be quick to tell me if it is not, Lady Winterton. Albeit that I have a long coastline in my constituency, I do not know much about seafarers. As I understand it, for some time the Government have been promising to reform the seafarers’ exemption from the Race Relations Act 1976 and to change that outdated discriminatory legislation. However, I understand that the Bill does not contain specific proposals to reform the existing seafarers discrimination, but that enabling legislation will allow reform in secondary legislation. Clearly, the seafarers and the trade union wish the Government to commit to full and effective reform of that discrimination legislation as a matter of urgency. I hope that the Minister can respond to my points.