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Repeal Of S 28(B) Of Sex Discrimination Act 1975

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

On Second Reading it was right that the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science should respond to the remarks I made. Although he did so with ability and charm, it is a Scottish Office matter. The Minister who is in charge of education in Scotland is on the Bench. He might like to have the opportunity to say a few words in his own defence; he is desperately shaking his head.

I accept what the Minister said and I look forward to the Muir Wood report with interest. I emphasise again how much better it would be if we in Scotland had an assembly in which we could deal with matters such as this at the proper time of day, with due deliberation and with an opportunity to consult all interested parties in Scotland.

I have already been given a lesson by the hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Maxton) on the hazards of straying into Scottish affairs. The last thing I will do is follow him into the issue of an assembly, tempting though the suggestion is.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 4 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 5 to 7 ordered to stand part of the Bill.