§ 56. Mr. McNally
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the Employment Protection Act gives sufficient protection to workers faced with redundancy when companies go into receivership.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
Where an employee is entitled to a statutory redundancy payment and is unable to obtain payment from his employer because of insolvency, the Department may pay him direct from the redundancy fund. Steps would then be taken to recover, on behalf of the fund, the employer's share of any such payment. There is also provision for meeting other debts, within prescribed limits, including unpaid wages, payments in lieu of notice and holiday pay. I think that this, is satisfactory.
§ 59. Mr. Hal Miller
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what further revisions he proposes to the Employment Protection Act.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The Employment Bill contains various amendments to the individual rights provisions in the Employment Protection Acts. We shall need to see how these amendments work out in practice before considering any further changes.