§ Dr. Winstanley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what is the average age of the members of the industrial tribunals; what are the ages of the youngest and the oldest members of the tribunals, respectively; and what provision exists for the removal of members from the tribunals on grounds of age or incapacity.
§ Mr. Dell
The average age of chairmen of the industrial tribunals in England and Wales is about 58; the youngest is 42, the oldest 69. In Scotland, all the chairmen are under 50. Of those lay members whose age is known to the Department, the youngest is 38, the oldest 73. Chairmen are retired at age 72, but 175W if the Lord Chancellor—or, in Scotland, the Lord President of the Court of Session—is satisfied that a chairman is unfit to perform the duties of the office by reason of inability, misconduct or any other cause, he may revoke the appointment at any time. The appointments of lay members are reviewed every three years but may be terminated by the Secretary of State at any time if the holder becomes unfit to perform the duties of the office by reason of inability, misconduct or any other cause.