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(1)The 1975 Act shall be amended as follows.
(2)Section 7(2)(f) (exception for jobs held by men because of statutory restrictions on employment of women) shall be omitted.
(3)The following sections shall be substituted for section 51—
(1)Nothing in the following provisions, namely—
(b)Part III so far as it applies to vocational training, or
(c)Part IV so far as it has effect in relation to the provisions mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b),
shall render unlawful any act done by a person in relation to a woman if—
(i)it was necessary for that person to do it in order to comply with a requirement of an existing statutory provision concerning the protection of women, or
(ii)it was necessary for that person to do it in order to comply with a requirement of a relevant statutory provision (within the meaning of Part I of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974) and it was done by that person for the purpose of the protection of the woman in question (or of any class of women that included that woman).
(2)In subsection (1)—
(a)the reference in paragraph (i) of that subsection to an existing statutory provision concerning the protection of women is a reference to any such provision having effect for the purpose of protecting women as regards—
(i)pregnancy or maternity, or
(ii)other circumstances giving rise to risks specifically affecting women,
whether the provision relates only to such protection or to the protection of any other class of persons as well; and
(b)the reference in paragraph (ii) of that subsection to the protection of a particular woman or class of women is a reference to the protection of that woman or those women as regards any circumstances falling within paragraph (a)(i) or (ii) above.
(3)In this section “existing statutory provision” means (subject to subsection (4)) any provision of—
(a)an Act passed before this Act, or
(b)an instrument approved or made by or under such an Act (including one approved or made after the passing of this Act).
(4)Where an Act passed after this Act re-enacts (with or without modification) a provision of an Act passed before this Act, that provision as re-enacted shall be treated for the purposes of subsection (3) as if it continued to be contained in an Act passed before this Act.
(a)the relevant provisions of Part III, or
(b)Part IV so far as it has effect in relation to those provisions,shall render unlawful any act done by a person if it was necessary for that person to do it in order to comply with a requirement of an existing statutory provision within the meaning of section 51.
(2)In subsection (1) “the relevant provisions of Part III” means the provisions of that Part except so far as they apply to vocational training.”
(4)The following section shall be inserted after section 52—
In the following provisions, namely—
(a)sections 51 and 51A, and
(b)the provisions of any Order in Council modifying the effect of section 52,
“vocational training” includes advanced vocational training and retraining; and any reference to vocational training in those provisions shall be construed as including a reference to vocational guidance.”
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