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Clergy (Employment Legislation)

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 11th January 2005.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami Labour, Alyn and Deeside

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the impact of the Genuine Occupation Qualification within the (a) Sex Discrimination Act 1975, (b) Race Relations Act 1976 and (c) Disability Discrimination Act 1995 on clergy office holders.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs)

No assessment has been made as regards the Race Relations Act 1976 and no such qualification exists in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. As regards the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, some research has been undertaken into the impact of the section 19 exception for the purposes of employment etc by organised religions and has found no instances of S19 being relied upon in the courts or tribunals. We intend to clarify the position further in the process of consulting on the extension of the Sex Discrimination Act to office holders later this year, as Government implements the Equal Treatment (Amendment) Directive.

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