Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:30 pm on 22nd May 2000.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch Conservative 8:30 pm, 22nd May 2000

My Lords, before the Minister rises to reply, perhaps I may also say to the noble Lord who has just spoken that it may well be that by these arrangements we do not lose competitiveness with our so-called partners or competitors in Europe. However, of course, we do lose competitiveness with, shall we say, the United States of America, the recovering markets in the Far East and the rest of the world. This is another classic example of EU harmonisation bringing us into line with the sclerotic and declining European market and, in doing so, damaging us in our competition and trade with the rest of the world.