HC Deb 02 May 1972 vol 836 cc117-8W
87. Mr. Loughlin

asked the Attorney-General what procedures are adopted to acquaint the alleged offending parties of the terms of reference in cases he refers to the Industrial Court; and if he will state the period of time allowed for such alleged offending parties to table a defence.

The Attorney-General:

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind emergency applications made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Under the Industrial Court Rules, it is for the court to communicate to every respondent the substance of any such application and to give notice of the time at which it is to be heard. A respondent is not required to deliver a written answer before the hearing but the court may, if it thinks fit, adjourn to give him time to prepare his grounds for opposing the application.