The self-made millionaire and star of BBC TV’s The Apprentice added: “Everything has gone too far. We have maternity laws where people are entitled to too much.
“If someone comes into an interview and you think to yourself ‘there is a possibility that this woman might have a child and therefore take time off’ it is a bit of a psychological negative thought.
“If they are applying for a position which is very important, then I should imagine that some employers might think ‘this is a bit risky’.
“They would like to ask the question ‘Are you planning to get married and to have any children?.”
Sir Alan claimed that the current-laws are “counter-productive for women”.
He said: “That’s the bottom line, you’re not allowed to ask so it’s easy – just don’t employ them.
“It will get harder to get a job as a woman.”
He added that if he were to interview a woman with children for a job at his company Amstrad in Brentwood, Essex, he would be unlikely to hire her.
Sir Alan said: “If I had a woman sitting there who said ‘I have two kids, nine months and two years old and I live in Clapham [South London]’ and we are in Brentwood, by law I am not allowed to say to her ‘hold on love, do you think you are going to be able to cope in this job, you have to get the kids sorted?’
“Would you prefer me to say ‘thank you goodbye’ and then chuck the CV in the bin? Wouldn’t you prefer me to say ‘hang on, if I did give you this job how would you cope?’.
“Then she would have a chance to explain if she has a solution.
“If I am employing you to do a job, I want to be sure you can be there, so I want to be able to ask about what provision you have for children.”
Makes perfect sense to me, and it another reason to reduce government meddling.