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The sex discrimination amendment of legislation regulations 2008

The sex discrimination amendment of legislation regulations 2008

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs. I confirm that the provisions of the regulations are compatible with the European convention on human rights. The United Kingdom has a long and proud tradition of legislating to protect people from discrimination. In , Britain outlawed sex discrimination in employment, in education, in the provision of goods, facilities and services, and in the management of premises.

Northern Ireland did the same in Given that context, the Government welcomes European law catching up with principles long enshrined in our domestic law by extending its existing protection against discrimination in employment-related areas to non-employment areas.

We therefore welcome the European Council gender directive, which will be implemented in Great Britain and Northern Ireland by these regulations, ensuring consistency in sex discrimination protection throughout the European Union. The consultation in Britain, which took place between 12 June and 4 September last year, was combined with the one on the proposed equality Bill, to allow people to see how the regulations would fit into the wider discrimination law reform landscape.

The Northern Ireland consultation, which took place between 30 July and 21 September last year, was on the regulations alone. Before I go into the content of the regulations and how they extend some of our existing protections and introduce new ones in the fields of goods, facilities, services and premises into our sex discrimination law, I would like to touch briefly on the timing of their implementation in the United Kingdom.

Members will know that the directive, which was published in December , required member states to have implemented the regulations by 21 December Government policy is to implement European Union directives on time, but on this occasion that was not possible.

Let me explain why. As I said, the regulations, which replace those laid before the House on 28 November last year, amend legislation in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Ministers have competence to legislate on discrimination matters, and Column number: However, late in the process, it became clear that the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland could not reach agreement on all the policy proposals in order to implement the gender directive there.

As a failure by part of a member state to comply with a directive is considered by the European Commission to be a breach by the whole member state, in this case the United Kingdom, a resolution had to be sought.

Although the implementation was already running late, the Government considered the most effective means of ensuring that the United Kingdom as a whole could comply with the directive was for regulations implementing it in both Britain and Northern Ireland to be taken forward in Westminster. Northern Ireland Ministers have not objected to that course of action and we have had the great support of their officials in the drafting of the regulations.

Legislating in such a fashion is, we believe, the most effective way of putting the additional protections against discrimination in place in Great Britain and Northern Ireland as quickly as possible. The regulations are being made under the European Communities Act and amend the protections in the Sex Discrimination Act and the Sex Discrimination Northern Ireland Order , which broadly mirrors the Act.

These amendments ensure that the UK complies with the gender directive, which seeks to achieve harmonisation and consistency in gender equality law throughout Europe.

In the UK, the regulations will introduce some new protections and extend existing ones, particularly on the provision of goods, services, facilities and premises. For the purposes of European law, sex discrimination also included gender reassignment discrimination, about which I shall say more shortly. The most significant changes proposed will introduce a specific prohibition on sex harassment and sexual harassment in the provision of goods, facilities, services and premises.

Our legislation currently provides protection from discrimination, but not from harassment. The measures will also introduce protection from discrimination and harassment in relation to goods, facilities, services and premises for people who are intending to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment. We estimate that that will extend protection to about 5, people currently excluded from it. There will be express protection from discrimination in the fields of goods, facilities, services and premises for women on the grounds of their pregnancy and maternity.

We currently do not have that explicit protection in that area of our legislation, although many cases are likely to be covered by existing sex discrimination law. I shall concentrate today on the proposals that were covered in public consultations in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the implementation of the directive, beginning with harassment.

The regulations will make it unlawful for a provider of goods, facilities, services or premises to subject a person who seeks to obtain those goods or use the services, or is supplied with them, to sexual harassment, sex harassment or harassment on the grounds of their gender reassignment.

Sexual harassment occurs when a person subjects another to unwanted attention of a sexual nature. By contrast, sex harassment occurs when a person generally behaves in an offensive way to another because of their gender. For the purposes of implementing the directive, the regulations will apply to the free-standing definition of harassment already in the Act and the order as it applies within the employment sphere.

Members might be aware that a ruling was made by the High Court last year following a judicial review brought by the former Equal Opportunities Commission, which required us to recast the definition of sex harassment. The Sex Discrimination Act Amendment Regulations, which were laid before Parliament on 14 March, will give effect to that judgment, and the new definition of harassment is due to come into effect on 6 April.

The new definition will therefore apply to goods, facilities, services and premises as it will to employment and vocational training. That was set out in the European Court of Justice in a employment case. We are clear that we now need to bring protection on those grounds outside the workplace if we are to implement the directive fully.

We are therefore extending to the field of goods, facilities and services the existing employment protections in the Act and the order for people who undergo, are undergoing, or who have undergone gender reassignment. I want to make it very clear that the regulations do not impact on the rights of individuals to hold a religious belief, nor do they affect religious worship and observance arising from basic doctrines of faith, as this falls outside the scope of the directive.

Where the regulations will have an impact is by making it unlawful for a person to be denied access to a shop, for example, or refused service in a restaurant, or be the subject of abuse by a sales person on the grounds of their gender reassignment. Directives aside, such discrimination has no place in the United Kingdom today. Through these regulations we shall also explicitly prohibit discrimination against pregnant women who are seeking access to goods, facilities, services, and premises, thereby ending a reliance on case law.

In so doing, we have adopted, as far as possible, the approach already established in the employment field. We have included in the regulations a clarificatory provision related to health and safety. This responds specifically to concerns expressed during consultation by the civil aviation sector, that where airlines have policies not to carry late-term pregnant women on flights, these policies may amount to direct pregnancy discrimination.

The clarificatory provision means that an airline would not be discriminating on grounds of pregnancy if it refuses to allow a woman in the late stages of pregnancy to fly, because it is reasonable for the airline to believe that allowing her to fly would create a risk to her health and safety.

This health and safety policy is applied in a similar way to people with physical Column number: I turn next to the new protections for women who have recently given birth. The directive does not define maternity, but responses to the consultation overwhelmingly supported our proposal to define maternity by reference to the age of the child so as to provide the greatest legal certainty.

There was less agreement on the period for which protection under discrimination law should apply. We have ruled out the higher and lower extremes as difficult to justify, given that we believe the purpose of the provision is to protect the unique relationship between a mother and her newborn child, so the Government have opted for a period of 26 weeks following the birth of the child. In our view 26 weeks meets, but does not go beyond, the requirements of the directive. I now turn to insurance changes.

Currently, the Sex Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Order enable the insurance industry to treat men and women differently for the purposes of calculating premiums and benefits, provided that the treatment is reasonable and is supported by reliable, actuarial evidence. We are exercising a derogation from the directive to continue to permit gender-based differences in insurance premiums and benefits, provided that the industry ensures that data relevant to the use of gender as an underwriting factor are compiled, published and updated in line with guidance published by the Treasury.

This is a common-sense provision, which ensures fairness. The differences in treatment between men and women must be proportionate, but in any event costs relating to pregnancy or maternity must not be reflected in differences in premiums and benefits.

The Government will defer this provision until 22 December in order to give the insurance industry sufficient time to prepare for this important change with minimal disruption. In conclusion, for the purposes of this debate, I have concentrated on areas of most interest to the Committee, but the regulations will introduce other changes: I am happy to take questions on those issues.

By introducing the regulations in the United Kingdom we will increase the legal protection from discrimination for those who wish to access or use goods, facilities and services, where they are provided to the public as set out by the directive. I urge the Committee to support our approach, and I commend the regulations. This is the first time that I have had the privilege and pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs.

However, I have a number of concerns and questions that I hope the Minister will address. My main question is about Westminster dealing with matters that should have been dealt with by the Northern Ireland Assembly and the process of devolution. I noted her explanation that Westminster is dealing with this Northern Ireland matter owing to a failure of agreement between the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

This is, nevertheless, a devolved issue, and the Northern Ireland Assembly has competence to deal with it. If the Assembly cannot reach agreement, what provision is there for us to deal with it?

I commend the ingenuity of the officials in bringing it to Westminster, but that is not what was originally intended. Under what legislative process or enactment may matters that cannot be agreed on in the devolved Assembly be introduced in Northern Ireland via the back door of Westminster legislation?

Will the Minister be kind enough to explain what that means for the process of devolution? If the Assembly cannot reach agreement on other matters, will they automatically come back to Westminster? Did the Government have discussions with the European Union about addressing that anomaly, or did they simply act unilaterally on the advice of unelected officials? Given the significance of the regulations to Northern Ireland, why does the Committee not include a single Member from a Northern Ireland constituency?

I also want to ask the Minister about the lead-in time for businesses properly to implement the new regulations. What efforts have been made to ensure that businesses, particularly small businesses, incur as little cost as is possible, and that they have had proper time to comply effectively with the legislation by the due date? It is important that Hansard records the contribution made by the European Scrutiny Committees, both in the other place and in the House of Commons.

The Committees considered the issue and felt that it was important. They made some helpful suggestions that assisted the Government in their negotiating position. It is particularly regrettable, as the earlier comments made by the European Scrutiny Committees had been helpful and were used by the Government.

That said, I repeat that we in the Opposition generally agree with much of what is being proposed. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs. The Liberal Democrats generally support the implementation of the directives and will support the Government. There were good intentions in combining the regulations as annexed to the discrimination law review, but I am most concerned about the evidence of the Government consulting with stakeholders.

I understand that there were only 92 responses to the consultation, so some of the issues that we will discuss could have benefited from a more genuine consultation. I have not seen a publication of the results of the consultation, so perhaps the Minister could throw some light on that. I am concerned about the maternity issue, and I would like the Minister to clarify it. When the regulations come into force, it seems that it will be permissible to discriminate in provision of goods and services against a mother if the child is 27 weeks old, but not if it is 25 weeks old.

I wonder whether choosing to define that by using the definition in employment law was in the spirit of the directive, which I felt was more about humanising what is experienced if someone tries to go to a restaurant with a young child. However, Liberal Democrat Members will support the regulations. They contain far too many imperatives that cannot wait to be got exactly right to do otherwise, and I welcome the fact that we are making progress and addressing implementation.

The additional elements designed to outlaw sex discrimination in goods and services are most welcome. They reflect the liberal and equality values of my party and resonate with society at large. I and, I am sure, my party have always believed in the importance of standing up in particular for small minorities who have significant issues but not the numbers to make them attractive electorally.

In that regard, I want to address the ongoing discrimination against transgender people. I am disappointed that the directive and therefore the regulations persist in medicalising that issue when there are clearly individuals for whom physical gender reassignment is Column number:

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The sex discrimination amendment of legislation regulations 2008

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs. I confirm that the provisions of the regulations are compatible with the European convention on human rights. The United Kingdom has a long and proud tradition of legislating to protect people from discrimination. In , Britain outlawed sex discrimination in employment, in education, in the provision of goods, facilities and services, and in the management of premises. Northern Ireland did the same in Given that context, the Government welcomes European law catching up with principles long enshrined in our domestic law by extending its existing protection against discrimination in employment-related areas to non-employment areas.

We therefore welcome the European Council gender directive, which will be implemented in Great Britain and Northern Ireland by these regulations, ensuring consistency in sex discrimination protection throughout the European Union. The consultation in Britain, which took place between 12 June and 4 September last year, was combined with the one on the proposed equality Bill, to allow people to see how the regulations would fit into the wider discrimination law reform landscape.

The Northern Ireland consultation, which took place between 30 July and 21 September last year, was on the regulations alone. Before I go into the content of the regulations and how they extend some of our existing protections and introduce new ones in the fields of goods, facilities, services and premises into our sex discrimination law, I would like to touch briefly on the timing of their implementation in the United Kingdom.

Members will know that the directive, which was published in December , required member states to have implemented the regulations by 21 December Government policy is to implement European Union directives on time, but on this occasion that was not possible. Let me explain why. As I said, the regulations, which replace those laid before the House on 28 November last year, amend legislation in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Ministers have competence to legislate on discrimination matters, and Column number: However, late in the process, it became clear that the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland could not reach agreement on all the policy proposals in order to implement the gender directive there.

As a failure by part of a member state to comply with a directive is considered by the European Commission to be a breach by the whole member state, in this case the United Kingdom, a resolution had to be sought.

Although the implementation was already running late, the Government considered the most effective means of ensuring that the United Kingdom as a whole could comply with the directive was for regulations implementing it in both Britain and Northern Ireland to be taken forward in Westminster. Northern Ireland Ministers have not objected to that course of action and we have had the great support of their officials in the drafting of the regulations.

Legislating in such a fashion is, we believe, the most effective way of putting the additional protections against discrimination in place in Great Britain and Northern Ireland as quickly as possible.

The regulations are being made under the European Communities Act and amend the protections in the Sex Discrimination Act and the Sex Discrimination Northern Ireland Order , which broadly mirrors the Act. These amendments ensure that the UK complies with the gender directive, which seeks to achieve harmonisation and consistency in gender equality law throughout Europe. In the UK, the regulations will introduce some new protections and extend existing ones, particularly on the provision of goods, services, facilities and premises.

For the purposes of European law, sex discrimination also included gender reassignment discrimination, about which I shall say more shortly. The most significant changes proposed will introduce a specific prohibition on sex harassment and sexual harassment in the provision of goods, facilities, services and premises. Our legislation currently provides protection from discrimination, but not from harassment.

The measures will also introduce protection from discrimination and harassment in relation to goods, facilities, services and premises for people who are intending to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment. We estimate that that will extend protection to about 5, people currently excluded from it. There will be express protection from discrimination in the fields of goods, facilities, services and premises for women on the grounds of their pregnancy and maternity.

We currently do not have that explicit protection in that area of our legislation, although many cases are likely to be covered by existing sex discrimination law.

I shall concentrate today on the proposals that were covered in public consultations in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the implementation of the directive, beginning with harassment. The regulations will make it unlawful for a provider of goods, facilities, services or premises to subject a person who seeks to obtain those goods or use the services, or is supplied with them, to sexual harassment, sex harassment or harassment on the grounds of their gender reassignment.

Sexual harassment occurs when a person subjects another to unwanted attention of a sexual nature. By contrast, sex harassment occurs when a person generally behaves in an offensive way to another because of their gender. For the purposes of implementing the directive, the regulations will apply to the free-standing definition of harassment already in the Act and the order as it applies within the employment sphere. Members might be aware that a ruling was made by the High Court last year following a judicial review brought by the former Equal Opportunities Commission, which required us to recast the definition of sex harassment.

The Sex Discrimination Act Amendment Regulations, which were laid before Parliament on 14 March, will give effect to that judgment, and the new definition of harassment is due to come into effect on 6 April. The new definition will therefore apply to goods, facilities, services and premises as it will to employment and vocational training. That was set out in the European Court of Justice in a employment case. We are clear that we now need to bring protection on those grounds outside the workplace if we are to implement the directive fully.

We are therefore extending to the field of goods, facilities and services the existing employment protections in the Act and the order for people who undergo, are undergoing, or who have undergone gender reassignment.

I want to make it very clear that the regulations do not impact on the rights of individuals to hold a religious belief, nor do they affect religious worship and observance arising from basic doctrines of faith, as this falls outside the scope of the directive.

Where the regulations will have an impact is by making it unlawful for a person to be denied access to a shop, for example, or refused service in a restaurant, or be the subject of abuse by a sales person on the grounds of their gender reassignment.

Directives aside, such discrimination has no place in the United Kingdom today. Through these regulations we shall also explicitly prohibit discrimination against pregnant women who are seeking access to goods, facilities, services, and premises, thereby ending a reliance on case law.

In so doing, we have adopted, as far as possible, the approach already established in the employment field. We have included in the regulations a clarificatory provision related to health and safety. This responds specifically to concerns expressed during consultation by the civil aviation sector, that where airlines have policies not to carry late-term pregnant women on flights, these policies may amount to direct pregnancy discrimination.

The clarificatory provision means that an airline would not be discriminating on grounds of pregnancy if it refuses to allow a woman in the late stages of pregnancy to fly, because it is reasonable for the airline to believe that allowing her to fly would create a risk to her health and safety. This health and safety policy is applied in a similar way to people with physical Column number: I turn next to the new protections for women who have recently given birth. The directive does not define maternity, but responses to the consultation overwhelmingly supported our proposal to define maternity by reference to the age of the child so as to provide the greatest legal certainty.

There was less agreement on the period for which protection under discrimination law should apply. We have ruled out the higher and lower extremes as difficult to justify, given that we believe the purpose of the provision is to protect the unique relationship between a mother and her newborn child, so the Government have opted for a period of 26 weeks following the birth of the child.

In our view 26 weeks meets, but does not go beyond, the requirements of the directive. I now turn to insurance changes. Currently, the Sex Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Order enable the insurance industry to treat men and women differently for the purposes of calculating premiums and benefits, provided that the treatment is reasonable and is supported by reliable, actuarial evidence. We are exercising a derogation from the directive to continue to permit gender-based differences in insurance premiums and benefits, provided that the industry ensures that data relevant to the use of gender as an underwriting factor are compiled, published and updated in line with guidance published by the Treasury.

This is a common-sense provision, which ensures fairness. The differences in treatment between men and women must be proportionate, but in any event costs relating to pregnancy or maternity must not be reflected in differences in premiums and benefits. The Government will defer this provision until 22 December in order to give the insurance industry sufficient time to prepare for this important change with minimal disruption.

In conclusion, for the purposes of this debate, I have concentrated on areas of most interest to the Committee, but the regulations will introduce other changes: I am happy to take questions on those issues. By introducing the regulations in the United Kingdom we will increase the legal protection from discrimination for those who wish to access or use goods, facilities and services, where they are provided to the public as set out by the directive.

I urge the Committee to support our approach, and I commend the regulations. This is the first time that I have had the privilege and pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs.

However, I have a number of concerns and questions that I hope the Minister will address. My main question is about Westminster dealing with matters that should have been dealt with by the Northern Ireland Assembly and the process of devolution. I noted her explanation that Westminster is dealing with this Northern Ireland matter owing to a failure of agreement between the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

This is, nevertheless, a devolved issue, and the Northern Ireland Assembly has competence to deal with it. If the Assembly cannot reach agreement, what provision is there for us to deal with it?

I commend the ingenuity of the officials in bringing it to Westminster, but that is not what was originally intended. Under what legislative process or enactment may matters that cannot be agreed on in the devolved Assembly be introduced in Northern Ireland via the back door of Westminster legislation?

Will the Minister be kind enough to explain what that means for the process of devolution? If the Assembly cannot reach agreement on other matters, will they automatically come back to Westminster? Did the Government have discussions with the European Union about addressing that anomaly, or did they simply act unilaterally on the advice of unelected officials?

Given the significance of the regulations to Northern Ireland, why does the Committee not include a single Member from a Northern Ireland constituency? I also want to ask the Minister about the lead-in time for businesses properly to implement the new regulations. What efforts have been made to ensure that businesses, particularly small businesses, incur as little cost as is possible, and that they have had proper time to comply effectively with the legislation by the due date?

It is important that Hansard records the contribution made by the European Scrutiny Committees, both in the other place and in the House of Commons.

The Committees considered the issue and felt that it was important. They made some helpful suggestions that assisted the Government in their negotiating position.

It is particularly regrettable, as the earlier comments made by the European Scrutiny Committees had been helpful and were used by the Government. That said, I repeat that we in the Opposition generally agree with much of what is being proposed. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs. The Liberal Democrats generally support the implementation of the directives and will support the Government.

There were good intentions in combining the regulations as annexed to the discrimination law review, but I am most concerned about the evidence of the Government consulting with stakeholders. I understand that there were only 92 responses to the consultation, so some of the issues that we will discuss could have benefited from a more genuine consultation.

I have not seen a publication of the results of the consultation, so perhaps the Minister could throw some light on that. I am concerned about the maternity issue, and I would like the Minister to clarify it.

When the regulations come into force, it seems that it will be permissible to discriminate in provision of goods and services against a mother if the child is 27 weeks old, but not if it is 25 weeks old. I wonder whether choosing to define that by using the definition in employment law was in the spirit of the directive, which I felt was more about humanising what is experienced if someone tries to go to a restaurant with a young child. However, Liberal Democrat Members will support the regulations.

They contain far too many imperatives that cannot wait to be got exactly right to do otherwise, and I welcome the fact that we are making progress and addressing implementation. The additional elements designed to outlaw sex discrimination in goods and services are most welcome. They reflect the liberal and equality values of my party and resonate with society at large.

I and, I am sure, my party have always believed in the importance of standing up in particular for small minorities who have significant issues but not the numbers to make them attractive electorally.

In that regard, I want to address the ongoing discrimination against transgender people. I am disappointed that the directive and therefore the regulations persist in medicalising that issue when there are clearly individuals for whom physical gender reassignment is Column number:

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  1. The regulations, like most of our laws, are made not by those who stand for election or those whose names appear on a ballot paper, but by remote officials. In other words, it would dilute our law, and we cannot do that.

  2. We therefore decided that the length of time that has elapsed since childbirth will determine the period of protection from maternity discrimination. We had, overall, 4, responses to the consultation, only 92 of which dealt specifically with the regulations.

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