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Au Pair Employees

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions he has given to immigration officers on their treatment of immigrants entering the United Kingdom as male au pair employees in respect of any protection afforded them under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

Immigration control is exempted from the scope of the Sex Discrimination Act. The Immigration Rules define an au pair arrangement only in relation to girls. Immigration officers are instructed that young men may be given leave to enter as visitors without objection being taken to their doing odd jobs about the house or garden or, if they are staying on a farm, helping with the harvest.