New clause 2 - Removal of discrimination from recruitment

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 11th March 2003.

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'(1) In Part 6 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c.32) for section 46 substitute—

''Underrepresentation

(1) In making appointments under section 39 the Chief Constable may take such steps as he determines appropriate to encourage applications by persons currently under-represented in the Police Service.

(2) In making appointments to the police support staff under section 4(3) the Chief Constable (acting by virtue of subsection (5) of that section) may take such steps as he determines appropriate to encourage applications by persons currently under-represented in the police support staff.

(3) For the purposes of this section ''persons currently underrepresented'' means persons forming part of a social group by virtue of their sex, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation who at the time of consideration by the Chief Constable are under-represented''.

(2) In Part 6 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, leave out section 47.'.—[Mr. Trimble.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Motion made, and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 7, Noes 11.

Division number 7 Adults Abused in Childhood — New clause 2 - Removal of discrimination from recruitment

Aye: 7 MPs

No: 11 MPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.