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Government Contracts

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking to monitor the equal opportunity policies of firms carrying out contracts for the Government, as proposed in the White Paper on racial discrimination.

In the White Paper "Racial Discrimination" the Government proposed to take a more active role in eliminating racial discrimination in employment by making it a standard condition of Government contracts that contractors should provide on request to the Department of Employment such information about their employment policies and practices as the Department might reasonably require. Proposals for procedures to implement this undertaking have now been prepared and will shortly be the subject of consultations with the CBI, the TUC and the Commission for Racial Equality.