Debates between Baroness Noakes and Baroness Brinton during the 2019 Parliament

Wed 26th Oct 2022

Procurement Bill [HL]

Debate between Baroness Noakes and Baroness Brinton
Baroness Noakes Portrait Baroness Noakes (Con)
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Could my noble friend help me on the legal effect of the Civil Service management rules? It is my understanding that they cannot actually be enforced in a court of law because it would act as a restraint on the individual’s ability to earn a living. So the rules might exist and there might be advisory bodies et cetera, but it has always been my understanding that they cannot actually be enforced in a court of law. I am not trying to speak for the amendment, but the advantage of it is that it creates a statutory basis for it to have legal effect.

Baroness Brinton Portrait Baroness Brinton (LD)
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My Lords, if I might try to assist, employment tribunals in the private sector have taken the view that you can have fairly tight, limited terms. I am sure that one of the reasons my noble friends Lord Wallace and Lord Scriven chose six months was that that is the sort of term that is acceptable.