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Clause 32 — Equal opportunities

Scotland Bill (Programme) (No.2) – in the House of Commons at 9:47 pm on 9th November 2015.

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Amendments made: 96, page 33, line 44, leave out subsection (2) and insert—

‘(2) Omit the words from “, including the subject-matter of” to “1995”.”

This amendment removes any reference to legislation from the equal opportunities reservation in Section L2 of Part 2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998.

Amendment 97, page 34, leave out lines 3 and 4.

This amendment removes the exception to the reservation on socio economic inequalities as this area is already devolved.

Amendment 98, page 34, line 4, at end insert—

“Equal opportunities so far as relating to the inclusion of persons with protected characteristics in non-executive posts on boards of Scottish public authorities with mixed functions or no reserved functions.”

This amendment makes specific provision for the Scottish Parliament to have legislative competence to enact positive measures in appointments to the boards of Scottish public authorities, including the modification of existing reserved legislation.

Amendment 100, page 34, line 6, after second “authority” insert

“, other than any function that relates to the inclusion of persons in non-executive posts on boards of Scottish public authorities with mixed functions or no reserved functions.”

This amendment is consequential to amendment 98.

Amendment 99, page 34, line 8, after second “or” insert “of”.—(Stephen Barclay.)

This amendment corrects a typographical omission.

Amendment proposed: 26, page 34, line 13, at end insert

“including the imposition of minimum quotas for women and other persons with protected characteristics across all levels of public and political representation in Scotland.”


(Ian Murray.)

This Amendment is intended to make explicit that, among the exceptions to reserved matters on equal opportunities, the power is being devolved to the Scottish Parliament to set gender quotas.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 242, Noes 287.

Division number 116 Scotland Bill (Programme) (No.2) — Clause 32 — Equal opportunities

Aye: 243 MPs

No: 287 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name


Nos: A-Z by last name


Question accordingly negatived.

Amendmentsmade:101, page 34, line 17, leave out “at the end insert” and insert

“at the appropriate places insert—

““Board” includes any other equivalent management body.”

““Non-executive post” in relation to an authority means any position the holder of which is not an employee of the authority.”

““Protected characteristic” has the same meaning as in the Equality Act 2010.””

This amendment defines the key terms used in amendment 98.

Amendment 102, page 34, line 19, leave out “Part 1 of that Act, and to”.

Consequential on amendment 97.

Amendment 103, page 34, line 25, leave out subsection (6).

Subsection (6) of Clause 32 is superseded by New Clause 16.

Amendment 104, page 34, line 37, leave out subsections (9) and (10).—(Stephen Barclay.)

Subsections (9) and (10) of Clause 32 are superseded by New Clause 16.