§ 35. Mr. Woodhouse
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will introduce an amendment to paragraph 24 of Schedule 3 to the Industrial Relations Act 1971 to empower the NIRC to award costs, at its discretion, to successful appellants in all cases of appeal from decisions of industrial tribunals on redundancy payments.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
No. Were the National Industrial Relations Court to be granted a wider discretion in the award of costs, employees might be deterred from exercising their right of appeal against the decisions of industrial tribunals by the fear that adverse decisions of the court could involve them in having to meet substantial costs.