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Industrial Tribunals

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the present system and framework for appointing members of industrial tribunals gives adequate representation for women.

I am anxious to increase the proportion of women on the tribunal membership panel so that it reflects as far as possible the composition of the working population. But I see no need to change the present system for appointing members to the tribunals.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any proposals for changing the system and framework for appointing members to industrial tribunals to ensure more female members are appointed.

No, I have, however, asked the sponsoring bodies when putting forward their nominations to continue to bear in mind my concern that the composition of the tribunal membership should if possible broadly reflect the proportion of women in the working population.