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Communal Accommodation

Volume 897: debated on Saturday 16 August 1975

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Lords amendment: No. 27, in page 27, line 32, leave out subsection (5).

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

With this we are to take Lords Amendment No. 28, in page 27, line 44, at end insert—

"( ) Neither subsection (3) nor subsection (6) is a defence to an act of sex discrimination under Part II unless such arrangements as are reasonably practicable are made to compensate for the detriment caused by the discrimination; but in considering under subsection (6)(b) whether the use of communal accommodation could lawfully be refused (in a case based on Part II), it shall be assumed that the requirements of this subsection have ben complied with as respects subsection (3)."

The effect of the two amendments is to correct a defect in the drafting of the clause. It is intended that where a woman is refused a benefit in the employment field under this clause reasonable steps should be taken to compensate her for the detriment not only where the accommodation consists of communal accommodation but also where other benefits are refused because they are necessarily associated with communal accommodation. The amendments ensure that the clause has that effect.

Quest/on put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords amendment agreed to.