HC Deb 20 January 1986 vol 90 cc85-6W
Sir John Farr

asked the Prime Minister what are the relative priorities in Her Majesty's Government's policy towards industry accorded to (a) co-operation with investigations by the Commission for Racial Equality, (b) the encouragement of greater efficiency through a reduction in costs and (c) the recruitment to industry of a higher proportion of the most able candidates.

The Prime Minister

The Commission for Racial Equality has powers to conduct formal investigations within industry under the terms of the Race Relations Act 1976.

The Government's policies on inflation and deregulation are aimed at reducing industrial costs as a basis for increasing competitiveness and jobs. Recruitment based on objective criteria is an essential requisite if employers are to select the best available candidates.

The Government are fully committed to policies which aim to promote racial equality, to increase efficiency and secure a better utilisation of human resources.