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Minor And Consequential Amendments

Volume 897: debated on Saturday 16 August 1975

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Lords amendment: No. 82, in page 66, line 29, at end insert—

'Factories Act 1961 ( c. 34)

1. In section 15(2) (unfenced machinery: operations carried out by specified male persons) the word "male" shall be omitted."

The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965 ( c. 49)

2. In section 21(6) for the word "woman" there shall be substituted the word "person".'

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

On Report, I gave an undertaking that we would try to seek amendments to operate this protective legislation on an equal basis, but I pointed out that there might be some difficulty over Section 20 of the Factories Act. The amendment fulfils the undertaking in general, but, as I forecast, it proved too difficult to amend Section 20 of the Factories Act in this Bill. However, as I also promised the House on Report, we have accordingly made a request to the Health and Safety Commission to undertake an early review of this section of the protective legislation. I am advised that the matter can be dealt with only in that way.

Question put and agreed to.

Remaining Lords amendments agreed to.