New Clause 20

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:45 pm ar 7 Gorffennaf 2009.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 12:45, 7 Gorffennaf 2009

I shall not get very far with my argument, but I shall begin. I start where the hon. Gentleman left off on 18 June, and he made a good case today. He referred to the Solicitor-General’s response to the debate on the amendments tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Weston-super-Mare. In response to that debate, the Solicitor-General mentioned a number of concerns—I shall deal with those in a moment—but said she that was engaged with the issue and impressed by my hon. Friend’s arguments. Although she urged him to withdraw the amendment and consider the issue, she confirmed that she would write to him on the matter or speak to him directly in Committee. The hon. Gentleman just made that point, and that is effectively what we are now doing.

Picking up on the first of the Solicitor-General’s concerns, which was about the extent to which prohibiting pre-employment inquiries would damage the ability of employers to make—