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Transitional And Commencement Provisions, Amendments And Repeals

Volume 897: debated on Saturday 16 August 1975

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Lords amendment: No. 63, in page 50 line 28, at end insert—

"(5) An order under this section may make such transitional provision as appears to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient in connection with the provisions thereby brought into operation, including such adaptations of those provisions, or of any provisions of this Act then in operation, as appear to the Secretary of State necessary or expedient in consequence of the partial operation of this Act."

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

The amendment relates to the Secretary of State's power to bring in the Sex Discrimination Act by Commencement Order and seeks to empower him to make transitional adaptations of provisions in the Bill. This power is needed as a consequence of Lords Amendments Nos. 73 and 76 to Schedule 1, which are designed to incorporate the provisions relating to equal access to occupational pension schemes into the Equal Pay Act. The equal access provisions will not take immediate effect. They have to run in line with the Social Security Pensions Act and that is why the transitional power is needed.

Question put and agreed to.