Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011

Department for Transport written question – answered am ar 23 Mai 2024.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Llafur, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had recent discussions with (a) maritime trade unions and (b) the UK Chamber of Shipping on the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011: post implementation review, published on 19 April 2024.

Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Llafur, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to enforce the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 since those regulations were introduced.

Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Llafur, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department last made an assessment of the level of compliance amongst employers in the shipping industry with the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011.

Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Llafur, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission on tackling discrimination against seafarers working in UK waters.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has not had recent formal discussions with the maritime unions or the UK Chamber of Shipping on the post implementation review of the Equality Act 2010, published on 19 April 2024.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for the compliance and enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 regulations. Enforcement is not within the remit of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspectors. However, where the MCA receives credible evidence of potential offences under legislation outside of its enforcement responsibilities then this information will be shared with the appropriate agency or agencies.

The Department has not had recent discussions with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission regarding seafarers working in UK waters. We continue to liaise with our near European neighbours as well as working through international organisations to create a step change in seafarer welfare. The Department is reviewing the Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 and, if necessary, will engage with the EHRC subject to the outcome of the call for evidence and review.

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