Convention No. 100 concerning equal remuneration for men and women workers and convention No. 1ll which deals with discrimination in respect of employment and occupation on a number of grounds besides race have not yet been ratified by the United Kingdom because in the matter of equal pay between men and women the present position in this country is not in complete conformity with their provisions. The Government fully accept the general principles of these Instruments and, as the House knows, discussions are taking place on equal pay with the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry.
It would be relatively simple for the Government to sign these conventions, because they ask that the Government should "work towards". It has always been the position of successive Governments, however, that we must be able to be in complete accord before signing the instruments involved.
Is it possible to have a list of all the things which are under discussion? Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that everything is discussion, discussion, discussion, and not action, action, action?