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Employment Opportunities Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)
Mr Christopher Chope

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | 17.06.2011

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 24 2010-2012 (as introduced) | PDF version, 84KB 16.06.2011

Latest news on the Bill

This Bill has been negatived and will not progress any further.

The Bill had its first reading on 5 July 2010 through the Presentation Bill procedure. The second reading was on 17 June 2011 but was negatived.

If you require any further information about the Bill then please contact the sponsoring Member, Christopher Chope.


Summary of the Bill

The stated purpose of the Bill is to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors. It would

  • reduce restrictions on foreign nationals lawfully resident in the UK that prevent them from working, unless they have been refused leave to remain or are in detention
  • enable those entitled to the minimum wage to opt out from that entitlement
  • remove the entitlement to the minimum wage from those who are receiving a training wage, if they had entered into a written contract of employment offering them a training wage and training from the employer in skills relevant to the employment
  • require the Low Pay Commission to institute an enquiry into the impact of the national minimum wage on job creation and access to employment in areas of high unemployment, and to consider whether to reduce the minimum wage in those areas if it is found to have had a negative effect. It would further require the Secretary of State to act on  recommendations by the Commission to reduce the minimum wage.

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