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Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976

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82.  (1)  This Order applies—

(a)to an act done by or for purposes of a Minister of the Crown or government department, or

(b)to an act done on behalf of the Crown by a statutory body, or a person holding a statutory office,

as it applies to an act done by a private person.

(2) Parts III and V apply to—

(a)service for purposes of a Minister of the Crown or government department, other than service of a person holding a statutory office, or

(b)service on behalf of the Crown for purposes of a person holding a statutory office or purposes of a statutory body,[F1 or]

[F1(c)service in the armed forces,]

as they apply to employment by a private person, and shall so apply as if references to a contract of employment included references to the terms of service.

Para. (3) rep. by 2005 NI 13

(4) Paragraphs (1) and (2) have effect subject to[F2 Article 84 and 85].

[F3(5) Nothing in this Order shall render unlawful an act done for the purpose of ensuring the combat effectiveness of the[F1 armed forces].]

Para. (6) rep. by SR 2005/426

Para. (7) rep. by SR 1995/318

(8) Paragraph (2) of Article 13 shall have effect in relation to any ship, aircraft or hovercraft belonging to or possessed by Her Majesty in right of the Government of Northern Ireland as it has effect in relation to a ship, aircraft or hovercraft mentioned in sub-paragraph ( a) or ( b) of that paragraph, and Article 13(5) shall apply accordingly.

(9) The provisions of Parts II to IV of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 [1947 c.44] shall apply to proceedings against the Crown under this Order as they apply to proceedings in Northern Ireland which by virtue of section 23 of that Act are treated for the purposes of Part II of that Act as civil proceedings by or against the Crown, except that in their application to proceedings under this Order section 20 of that Act (removal of proceedings from county court to High Court) shall not apply.

[F1(9A) This paragraph applies to any complaint by a person ("the complainant") that another person—

(a)has committed an act of discrimination against the complainant which is unlawful by virtue of Article 8; or

(b)is by virtue of Article 42 or 43 to be treated as having committed such an act of discrimination against the complainant,

if at the time when the act complained of was done the complainant was serving in the armed forces and the discrimination in question relates to his service in those forces.

(9B) No complaint to which paragraph (9A) applies shall be presented to an industrial tribunal under Article 63 unless—

(a)the complainant has made [F4a service complaint in respect of the act complained of] ; and

(b)the Defence Council have made a determination with respect to the [F5service complaint] .

(9C) Regulations made by the Secretary of State may make provision enabling a complaint to which paragraph (9A) applies to be presented to an industrial tribunal under Article 63 in such circumstances as may be specified by the regulations, notwithstanding that paragraph (9B) would otherwise preclude the presentation of the complaint to an industrial tribunal.

(9D) Where a complaint is presented to an industrial tribunal under Article 63 by virtue of regulations under paragraph (9C), [F6the service complaint procedures] may continue after the complaint is so presented.

(9E) Regulations under paragraph (9C) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament in like manner as a statutory instrument and section 5 of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946 shall apply accordingly.]

[F1(10) In this Article—

"armed forces" means any of the naval, military or air forces of the Crown;

"service for purposes of a Minister of the Crown or government department" does not include service in any office for the time being mentioned in Schedule 2 (Ministerial offices) to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975;

[F7service complaint” means a complaint under section 334 of the Armed Forces Act 2006;

the service complaint procedures” means the procedures prescribed by regulations under that section;]

"statutory body" means a body set up by or in pursuance of a statutory provision and "statutory office" means an office so set up.]

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F3SR 1995/318

F7Art. 82(10): definitions of "service complaint" and "the service complaint procedures" substituted (1.1.2008) for "the service redress procedures" by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378(1), 383(2), Sch. 16 para. 82(4); S.I. 2007/2913, art. 3

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