HC Deb 15 March 1978 vol 946 cc501-2
Mr. Golding

I beg to move Amendment No. 1, in page 1, line 6, leave out from 'level' to end of line 8.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this amendment we may take Government Amendment No. 2.

Mr. Golding

In Committee we inserted a provision to make certain that there was consultation with employers and workers. I think that we made a mess of it in Committee, putting the provision in the wrong place. The amendments are to strengthen the right to consultation.

Mr. Hayhoe

When I moved the relevant amendment in Committee, I said that it was probably defective in some way, and indeed it was, because it applied only to schemes that would operate in Great Britain and not to those that would operate in Northern Ireland. The Government amendments leave the substance of the matter entirely the same but widen the consultations to cover schemes affecting both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They cover the whole Bill. I welcome the amendments.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 2, in page 1, line 18, at end insert: '(3) Before setting up any such scheme, the Secretary of State and the Northern Ireland Department shall consult with such organisations, including those representing employers and workers, respectively, as are considered appropriate.'.—[Mr. Golding.]

Motion made, and Question, That the Bill be now read the Third time, put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Third Reading), and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.

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