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Discrimination Against Contract Workers

Volume 897: debated on Saturday 16 August 1975

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Lords amendment: No. 9, in page 8, line 10, leave out "female" and insert "woman who is a".

4.45 p.m.

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

With this we may take Lords Amendment No. 13, in page 15, line 29, leave out "female" and insert "woman".

A point was raised in another place by my noble Friend Lord Gardiner about the use of the word "female" instead of "woman" in Clause 22. It was suggested that though Clause 2 provided for "man" to be read where appropriate for "woman", it did not allow "male" to be read for "female", with the result that Clause 22 does not deal with discrimination against men in the area of education. The analysis is equally relevant to Clause 9, which speaks of a "female contract worker". We think, therefore, that the word "woman" in place of the references to "female" will avoid any possible argument on the point.

Question put and agreed to.