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Referee (Remuneration)

Volume 148: debated on Wednesday 9 November 1921

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what provision is being made for emolument to the referee appointed to decide disputes arising under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act; whether complainants whose cases are heard by the referee will be allowed to be represented by counsel; and whether the Industries and Manufactures Department of the Board of Trade intends itself to employ counsel at the arbitrations?

The remuneration of the referee under Section 1 (5) of the Safeguarding of Industries Act will depend upon the amount of work which he may be called upon to do, and will be a charge upon the Board of Trade Vote. As regards the remainder of the question, it is open to complainants to be represented by counsel should they so desire, but it is not the intention of the Board of Trade to employ counsel unless the complainants are so represented.