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1 Provision for civil employment of aliens.U.K.

(1)Notwithstanding anything in section three of the M1Act of Settlement, or in section six of the M2Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act, 1919, an alien may be employed in any civil capacity under the Crown—

(a)if he is appointed in any country or territory outside the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and employed in any such country or territory in service of a class or description which appears to the responsible Minister to be appropriate for the employment of aliens; or

(b)if a certificate in respect of his employment, issued by the responsible Minister with the consent of the Treasury, is for the time being in force under this section; [F1or

[F2(c)if he is a relevant European and he is not employed in a reserved post;]]

and so much of the said section three as imposes disability for employment in any such capacity shall cease to have effect in relation to British protected persons.

(2)A certificate may be issued under this section either in respect of the employment of a specified alien in specified service, or in respect of the employment of aliens generally in specified service or in service of any specified class or description; but no such certificate shall be issued unless it appears to the responsible Minister, at the time of the issue of the certificate,—

(a)in the case of a certificate in respect of the employment of a specified alien in specified service, either that no suitably qualified person being a British subject is available for employment in that service or that the alien possesses exceptional qualifications or experience fitting him for such employment;

(b)in the case of any other certificate, that suitably qualified persons being British subjects are not readily available, or available in sufficient numbers, for employment in the service, or class or description of service, specified in the certificate.

(3)A certificate under this section shall cease to have effect, unless previously revoked, at the expiration of a period of five years from the date on which it is issued, but without prejudice to the power of the responsible Minister to issue a fresh certificate.

(4)The Treasury shall lay before each House of Parliament in every financial year a list containing particulars of all certificates in force under this section during the previous financial year, including the numbers of aliens employed during that year in pursuance of such certificates.

[F3(5)In subsection (1)(c) “a relevant European” means—

(a) a national of a EEA State or a person who is entitled to take up any activity as an employed person in the United Kingdom by virtue of Article 23 of Council Directive 2004/38/ EEC (right of family members of nationals of EEA States to take up employment where that national is employed);

(b) a Swiss national or a person who is entitled to take up any activity as an employed person in the United Kingdom by virtue of Article 7(e) and Article 3(5) of Annex 1 of the Agreement between the European Community and its member States, of the one part, and the Swiss Confederation, of the other, on the free movement of persons signed at Luxembourg on 21 st June 1999 (right of spouses and certain family members of Swiss nationals to take up economic activity, whatever their nationality); or

(c)a person who is entitled to take up any activity as an employed person in the United Kingdom by virtue of Article 6(1) or 7 (rights of certain Turkish nationals and their family members to take up any economic activity, whatever their nationality) of Decision 1/80 of 19 September 1980 of the Association Council set up by the Agreement establishing an Association between the European Economic Community and Turkey, signed at Ankara on 12 September 1963.

(6)In subsection (1)(c) “a reserved post” means—

(a)a post in the security and intelligence services; or

(b)a post falling within subsection (7) or (8) which the responsible Minister considers needs to be held otherwise than by a relevant European.

(7)The posts falling within this subsection are—

(a)a post in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service and posts in [F4the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office]; and

(b)posts in the Defence Intelligence Staff.

(8)The posts falling within this subsection are posts whose functions are concerned with—

(a)access to intelligence information received directly or indirectly from the security and intelligence services;

(b)access to other information which, if disclosed without authority or otherwise misused, might damage the interests of national security;

(c)access to other information which, if disclosed without authority or otherwise misused, might be prejudicial to the interests of the United Kingdom or the safety of its citizens; or

(d)border control or decisions about immigration.

(9)In this section “the security and intelligence services” means—

(a)the Security Service;

(b)the Secret Intelligence Service; and

(c)the Government Communications Headquarters.]

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C1S. 1(1)(b)(4): functions of the Treasury now again exercisable by the Treasury by virtue of S.I. 1981/1670, arts. 2(1)(a), 3(5)

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