HC Deb 11 January 1977 vol 923 cc479-80W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many disputes about equal pay have been referred to industrial tribunals in the last 12 months; and what percentage of such referrals have resulted in findings favourable to the employers.

Mr. Harold Walker

The information requested for the period 29th December 1975 to 24th September 1976, the latest date for which information is available, is included in the following table. The findings in cases dismissed by tribunals will have been favourable to employers.

Number Per cent.
Tribunal Hearings
Cases dismissed 309 23.4
Cases upheld 111 8.4
Cases cleared without a tribunal hearing
Conciliated settlement 96 7.3
Private settlement 150 11.4
Reasons not known* 653 49.5
Total 1,319 100.0

* These will include cases where the parties reached a private settlement, but the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service was not informed and cases where the applicant found the case to be out of scope.