§ Mr. Bidwell
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take steps to introduce legislation to exempt religious Sikhs employed in all sections of industry from having to wear protective headgear other than their traditional long hair and turban.
§ Mr. Nicholls
It was announced in another place on 14 July, during the Second Reading debate on the Employment Bill, that the Government intend to introduce a new clause to the Bill to exempt turban-wearing Sikhs from any statutory requirement to wear head protection in construction work. There are no plans to extend such an exemption to other industries at present.