Sex Discrimination Bill

Scope and Content

This series consists of administrative material relating to the process of implementing the Sex Discrimination Bill of 1975, and includes records of the Select Committee for the Anti Discrimination Bill in the House of Lords, and submissions for the 1973 consultative document 'Equal Opportunities for Men and Women' . It includes:

-Annotated copies of the Anti-Discrimination Bill at various stages of draft throughout the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

- Minutes of evidence taken before the Select Committee. It is not clear how complete the set of minutes are, but the majority are Hansard Government Publications and may be available from other sources. The committee met intermittently and had a non-structured agenda, although they generally heard and discussed evidence from interested bodies (both orally and through memorandum).

-Agenda and Minutes of the Select Committee. Few of these records have survived and are incomplete.

-Points for discussion from the Select Committee

-Draft and published reports on the amendments and conclusions of the select committee

-Parliamentary debates regarding the bill in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords

-Submissions and consultations to the Select Committee on Anti Discrimination. Evidence was heard from a number of interested parties, including: Government departments and the Civil Service; Trade Union Congress; Age concern; Institute of Personal Management; The Fawcett Society; The Church of England; British Federation of University Women; Medical Women's Federation; Women in Media; Conservative and Unionist Party Women's National Advisory Committee; Association of Broadcasting Staff, and the Institute of Careers. International delegates also gave evidence to the committee, notably Mrs Irene Johnson, Commissioner for Public Service in Canada, and Ms Sonia Pressman Fuentes, from the Chief Legislative Counsel Division of the United States of America. Some statistics on women's education (particularly within the medical profession) were also submitted.

-Separate submissions given by interested parties following the consultative paper 'Equal Opportunities for Men and Women'. These included submissions from: Government departments and the Civil Service, Trade Union Congress, Fawcett society, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, The Medical Council of the Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital, Institute of Personal Management, National Campaign Against Sex Discrimination; The Kingsgate Place Women's Centre, The National Association of Women Pharmacists; National Council for Civil Liberties; Race Relations Board; The Royal College of Midwives; The Runnymede Trust and the Women's National Commission.

-Press cuttings from the The Times, Financial Times and the Guardian, mainly concerning the consultative document 'Equal Opportunities for Men and Women', with one article on women in the medical profession