HC Deb 15 November 1977 vol 939 c184W
45. Miss Maynard

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he remains satisfied with the law on industrial tribunals, in the light of evidence of delay sent to him by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside.

Mr. Harold Walker

My hon. Friend has sent me details of one case, in which, for various reasons, it is taking a long time for a final judicial decision to be reached. Having examined this case I do not consider that any change in the law would have helped to expedite matters.

Mr. Holland

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of industrial tribunals established under Section 12 of the Industrial Training Act 1964; and how many of those have been established since the enactment of the Employment Protection Act 1975.

Mr. Harold Walker

There is no fixed total number of industrial tribunals, since each tribunal is convened, as required, from a panel of chairmen and two panels of lay members. On average, 77 tribunals currently sit in Great Britain every working day. The corresponding figure for November 1975, when the Employment Protection Act received Royal Assent, is 57.