Qualifying Bodies

Part of Clause 12 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1976.

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Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford 12:00 am, 8th July 1976

The hon. Member really cannot stand on his head completely within the space of 20 minutes or so. He addressed a most powerful appeal to me earlier about the infinite wisdom and great intelligence of professional bodies. He is now saying that they cannot be trusted to apply any sense of balance at all. The two points are contradictory. I am confident that individual professional bodies will do as we hope.

It should be noted that Clause 11 (2) is concerned not with isolated acts of discrimination but with a course of discrimination which has been practicsed, and it is totally unreasonable to say that this is something which should not be taken into account together with other character considerations.