Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that statement is very disappointing and will do nothing to dispel the widespread impression that his Department is dragging its feet on this issue? Will he please realise that the longer discrimination in employment is allowed to continue, the greater will be the sense of frustration and resentment among those who are affected by it? What positive steps is he going to take now to deal with this potentially explosive situation?
I do not think that my Ministry is dragging its feet at all. We had to have discussions with industry. We have now almost completed those discussions. There are various points of view on how to deal with discrimination in employment, and the matter is now receiving consideration both by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and myself.
In view of the evidence which has come to light recently of discrimination in employment, would not my right hon. Friend agree that it is essential to extend the Act to cover employment, apart from anything else?
In view of the growing evidence of racial discrimination in industry, will my right hon. Friend instil some sense of urgency into his dealings with this problem?