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Bill Of Rights

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will consider bringing forward a Bill of Rights safeguarding the following rights (a) the right to work, (b) the right of a worker to be protected against intimidation in and outside his place of work even during the contemplation or continuance of a trade dispute, (c) the right to grievances being subject to appeal to the judiciary on certain specific issues and (d) the right of individual choice on the issue of the right to join or not to join a trade union.

No. It is unclear what some of the rights referred to might consist of. Others are already recognised by the law. The general question of a Bill of Rights seems likely to fall outside the scope of my right hon. Friend's responsibilities.