HC Deb 22 October 1982 vol 29 cc240-1W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West on 18 October, Official Report, c. 20. he will publish in the Official Report as much of the information as contained in the letter he sent to the hon. Member on the same date quoting the figures and details as contained on page two of this letter.

Mr. Waddington:

The information in the form requested is not available centrally and could be obtained only after extensive inquiries and at disproportionate cost.

A list of the various bodies, committees and tribunals associated with Government Departments as at 1 April 1981 was published in "Non-Departmental Public Bodies Facts and Figures 1981"—Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1982. Gross expenditure figures and the costs incurred by sponsoring Departments in the 1980–81 financial year were shown. The members of boards, committees and tribunals can claim reimbursement of travelling and subsistence expenses at the rates appropriate to senior civil servants, but these payments are not separately identified.

The Department of Employment group list of associated bodies is at pages 10 to 13 of the nominated for appointment by organisations representing employees number approximately 2,851 at 1 April 1982. The total is approximate because some of the bodies cover particular local areas of industries—see, for example, district manpower committees and wages councils; now 27. In these cases full membership records are not held centrally as numbers vary according to circumstances. Of the "employee" member appointments, 1,171 were paid, rates from 1 April 1982 being as follows:

Rate Number of "employee" members Body
£3,060 pa 3 Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
6 National Dock Labour Board
£530 pa plus 3 Health and Safety Commission
£53 for each day worked 3 Manpower Services Commission
£320 pa plus 6 Manpower Services
£32 for each day worked Committee for Scotland and Wales
Fee paid £79 per day 20 Employment Appeal Tribunal
£63 per day 28 Central Arbitration Committee
4 Civil Service Arbitration Tribunal
£50 per day 1,095 Industrial Tribunals
£40 per day 3 Levy Exemption Referees

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