HC Deb 07 December 1976 vol 922 cc167-8W
44. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the bodies he invites to put forward nominations for the panel from which lay members of industrial tribunals are chosen; and if he will consider inviting nominations from additional bodies, particularly those concerned with eliminating discrimination against women at work.

Mr. Harold Walker

The sponsoring bodies are Trades Union Congress, Confederation of British Industry, Retail Consortium, Local Authorities Conditions of Service Advisory Board, National Joint Council for Local Authority Services (Scottish Council), Department of Health and Social Security, Scottish Home and Health Department Post Office.

I am satisfied with the present list of sponsoring bodies and do not propose to make any change.

Miss Richardson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many applications made to industrial tribunals since 1st January 1976 have been (a) settled and (b) withdrawn before the hearing.

Mr. John Grant

During the first nine months of 1976, 14,068 applications were settled at a tribunal hearing; 8,654 were settled by conciliation; and 13,292 were withdrawn. Some of these applications were, however, made before 1st January 1976; whilst some applications made during the first nine months of this year had not been disposed of by the end of September.

Miss Richardson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many women who have made an application to an industrial tribunal under the Equal Pay Act and/or the Sex Discrimination Act have been represented at the tribunal hearing; and how many have presented the case themselves.

Mr. John Grant

The information for the period 29th December 1975 to 25th June 1976, the latest date for which information is presently available, is as follows:

Represented Not represented
Under the Equal Pay Act 185 96
Under the Sex Discrimination Act 14 13

Information about representation is not known in a further 19 cases.