§ 42. Mr. Tom King
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many complaints involving infringement of rights to join and take part in trade union activities had been made to his Department at the latest date; and how many were settled or withdrawn.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
In the nine months from 28th February to 24th November conciliation officers of my Department received 339 complaints concerning infringement of rights under Section 5 of the Industrial Relations Act, either from the industrial tribunals or by direct application. 68 of these were still being dealt with by conciliation officers at the end of the period. Of the remainder, 15 were settled, 73 were withdrawn and 115 were dealt with. or are still being dealt with, by the tribunals.