HC Deb 25 October 1976 vol 918 cc23-4W
Mr. Stephen Ross

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider amending the law of arbitration in order to permit appeal to the Court of Appeal; and if he will introduce measures requiring arbitrators to produce or publish the reasons for their decisions.

The Attorney-General

I have been asked to reply.

Although there is no general right of appeal from an arbitrator's award he may be required to state a case for the High Court on a point of law; and the High Court can set aside an award where the arbitrator has misconducted the proceedings. In such cases an appeal already lies from the High Court to the Court of Appeal. My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is not aware of any criticism of these well-established principles, nor with the rule that an arbitrator is not usually bound to give reasons for his decision, but he will gladly consider any points on which the hon. Member may care to write to him.