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Race discrimination: Scottish and English are racial groups

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    Northern Joint Police Board v Power [1997] IRLR 610 EAT (2 other reports)

    • English are racial group

      Date:
      1 November 1997

      In Northern Joint Police Board v Power (27 August 1997) EOR76C, the EAT rules that the English and the Scottish are "racial groups", defined by reference to "national origins", so that an Englishman could complain that he had been discriminated against on grounds of race when he was turned down for a post in Scotland.

    • Scots are racial group

      Date:
      1 September 1997

      In Northern Joint Police Board v Power and Boyce and others v British Airways plc the EAT has held that the Scots (and the English) are "racial groups", for the purposes of the Race Relations Act 1976, defined by reference to "national origins", but not by reference to "ethnic origins".

The Scottish and the English constitute separate racial groups for the purposes of the Race Relations Act, defined by reference to their "national origins", rules the EAT in Northern Joint Police Board v Power [1997] IRLR 610. Accordingly, the EAT holds that an Englishman who was turned down for the post of Chief Constable of the Northern Constabulary in Scotland is entitled to bring a complaint that he was discriminated against on "racial grounds", namely his English national origin.