Schedule 1 - Rights of employees

Tax Credits Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 22nd January 2002.

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Photo of Mr Paul Boateng Mr Paul Boateng Financial Secretary, HM Treasury 4:45 pm, 22nd January 2002

I beg to move amendment No. 90, in page 36, line 1, leave out 'claim' and insert 'complaint'.

Photo of Mr Nigel Beard Mr Nigel Beard Labour, Bexleyheath and Crayford

With this it will be convenient to take Government amendments Nos. 91 and 92.

Photo of Mr Paul Boateng Mr Paul Boateng Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

I hope that the Committee will find favour with these minor drafting amendments. They do not change the substance of the schedule.

Amendment No. 90 is necessary because legislation provides for people to present a complaint, not a claim, to an employment tribunal. Amendment No. 91

is needed because paragraph 2 relates to Northern Ireland, where the bodies that consider employees' complaints are known as industrial tribunals—as they used to be in our jurisdiction—not employment tribunals. Amendment No. 92 corrects a typing error. The provision that is referred to should be article 71(1)(b) of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, not article 70(1)(b). These things do happen. The best laid plans of mice of men are gaen awa', as we say at this time of year, at least in Scotland.

The amendments will ensure that the wording of the schedule is legally correct. They do not alter the meaning of the schedule, and I hope that hon. Members will accept them.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 91, in page 37, line 10, leave out 'claim to an employment' and insert 'complaint to an industrial'.

No. 92, in page 37, line 14, leave out '70(1B)' and insert '71(1B)'.—[Mr. Boateng.]

Schedule 1, as amended, agreed to.