My honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport (Stephen Ladyman) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
Currently, UK law permits employers or principals to remunerate seafarers differently on grounds of nationality, if they applied for their employment or were engaged for it outside Great Britain. The European Commission has asked the Government to investigate the legality of this practice under European law.
A consultation on Section 9 of the Race Relations Act 1976 has today been launched. Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Libraries.