§ 33. Sir Kenneth Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the operation of section 2 of the Employment Act 1982.
§ Mr. Tebbit
I am entirely satisfied with the operation of the compensation arrangements for past closed shop dismissals under section 2 of the Employment Act 1982. So far a total of 426 applications for compensation have been received — a figure which is consistent with the Government's earlier estimates of those likely to benefit from these arrangements. Of the 426 applications, 182 have already been found eligible and payments of compensation have been made in 35 cases. The total paid out to date in compensation is £180,960 which represents an average of £5,170 per case—again in line with the Government's original estimate of the average payment.