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Employment Protection

Volume 174: debated on Monday 18 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has any plans to seek to change the law so that women with less than two years' service have the same protection against dismissal for pregnancy as women with a minimum of two years' full-time service; and if he will make a statement.

We have no plans to reduce the qualifying periods of service for unfair dismissal on grounds connected with pregnancy. To do so would add to the burdens of employers and thereby threaten employment opportunities.