Clause 76

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 5:15 pm ar 23 Mehefin 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 5:15, 23 Mehefin 2009

I shall try; I can give a partial explanation and then write with the rest. My hon. Friend will have that before Report, in case she wants to seek any changes then.

Section 9 of the Race Relations Act 1976 allows for differentiations in pay on the grounds of nationality. The Bill does not retain that provision for seafarers recruited outside Great Britain and in line with global shipping practice. The details of the regulations have not yet been settled, but we anticipate that the regulations applying the employment provisions to seafarers will allow employers to continue to operate pay rates that distinguish on the grounds of nationality between seafarers recruited outside Great Britain, other than those from the European economic area and relevant associated states. If there is more to it than that, I shall write to my hon. Friend. However, it is quite clear—I am afraid—that pay differentials will remain between those recruited from affluent Europe and those from other areas of world.