Northern Ireland: Teachers

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reasons they proposed that the provisions of European Union Council Directive 2000/78/EC, which established a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation, would not apply to the recruitment of teachers in schools in Northern Ireland on the grounds of religion or belief; and whether they will now review those reasons.

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

EC Directive 2000/78/EC explains that particular provision was contained in the directive regarding the recruitment of teachers in Northern Ireland "in order to maintain a balance of opportunity in employment for teachers in Northern Ireland while furthering the reconciliation of historical divisions between the major religious communities there". Both education and employment law are matters for the Northern Ireland Executive and the noble Lord should contact the NI Executive directly for further information on policy in this area.

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