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Shipping: Equal Pay

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 203773, tabled on 2 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of the regulations under Part 5 of the Equality Act 2010 to prevent differential pay rates for seafarers from countries in the European Economic Area on vessels registered under Category 1 and Category 2 Red Ensign Group registries.

Answered on

9 July 2014

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is not responsible for the enforcement of regulations made under Part 5 of the Equality Act 2010, and has therefore not undertaken any enforcement or investigations, or any activity to ensure compliance with or assess the effectiveness of these regulations. This is a matter for the Government Equality Office.

The Department for Transport is undertaking a review of the Regulations in conjunction with other government departments, trade associations and union representatives. This will include looking at whether the Regulations are achieving their objectives – including those relevant to differential pay.