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Central Arbitration Committee

Volume 949: debated on Tuesday 2 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment in how many Central Arbitration Committee cases since the beginning of 1976 the awards made have been challenged in the High Court; and in how many of those cases the High Court has upheld the Central Arbitration Committee award.

Of the six awards challenged in the High Court, two have been upheld and three await hearing.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many Central Arbitration Committee awards were published in 1976, 1977, and to the latest date in 1978, respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report the full-time occupation and part-time Government appointments held by each part-time member of the Central Arbitration Committee.

No complete records are held in my Department, but the following information has been obtained in relation to the chairman and deputy chairmen of the committee:


Professor J. C. Wood, CBE—Edward Bramley Professor of Law, Sheffield University.


  • Chairman of Boot and Shoe Repairing Wages Council.
  • Chairman of Laundry Wages Council.
  • Chairman of Licensed Residential Establishments and Licensed Restaurant Wages Council.
  • Chairman of Road Haulage Wages Council.
  • Chairman of Commission of Inquiry into the Road Haulage Wages Council.
  • Member, Legal Studies Board, Council for National Academic Awards.
  • Member, Review of the Police Negotiating Machinery.
  • Member, ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.
  • Member, Committee of Inquiry on Police Pay.
  • Member, Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Deputy Chairmen

  • Mr. E. L. Archer, OBE—Retired.
  • Chairman, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire Special Programmes Area Board, MSC.
  • Arbitrator. ACAS.
  • Professor E. G. A. Armstrong—Robens Professor of Industrial Relations, Manchester Business School, Arbitrator, ACAS.
  • Mr. D. G. Cox—Retired.
  • Mr. R. Davis—Retired.
  • Mr. E. A. Ferguson—Retired.
  • Professor W. Hagenbuch—Retired.
  • Chairman, Rubber Proof Garment Manufacturing Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Sack and Bag Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Toy Manufacturing Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Boot and Shoe Repairing Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Retail Drapery Wages Council.
  • Member, History and Economics Panel of Secondary School Education Council.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr. D. Karmel, CBE, QC—Former Member of the Industrial Arbitration Board.

  • Referee, National Coal Board.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr S. Kessler—Senior Lecturer Industrial Relations, The City University.

  • Industrial Relations Adviser to the Royal Commission on the Press.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr. W. H. Marsh, OBE—Retired.

Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr. S. McDowell—Master, St. Salvator's College, University of St. Andrews.

Arbitrator, ACAS.

Miss D. F. Nelson—Lecturer in Technical Education, Newcastle University.

  • Member, Northern Advisory Council for Further Education Committee on Technical Teacher Training.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Dr. S. C. Orr—Lecturer in Political Economy, Glasgow University.

  • Chairman, Retail Food Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Retail Newsagency, Tobacco Confectionery Wages Council(s).
  • Deputy Chairman, Aerated Water Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Retail Bread and Flour Confectionery Wages Council.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Professor R. W. Rideout—Professor of Law, University College, London.

Dr. N. S. Ross—Senior Lecturer, Employer-Employee Relations, University of Birmingham.

  • Chairman, Rope, Twine and Net Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Made-up Textiles Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Ready-Made and Wholesale Bespoke Tailoring Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Laundry Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Lace Finishing Wages Council.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr. R. S. Sim—Principal Lecturer in Law, Manchester Polytechnic.

  • Chairman, Dressmaking and Women's Light Clothing Wages Council (E and W).
  • Chairman, Licensed Place of Refreshment Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Retail Bookselling and Stationery Wages Council.
  • Deputy Chairman, Licensed Non-Residential Establishment Wages Council.
  • Member, Road Haulage Wages Council.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr. N. Singleton, CB—Retired.

Arbitrator, ACAS.

Professor A. H. Thornton—Retired.

  • Member, Panel to Consider Licences under Employment Agencies Act 1973.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

Mr. J. S. Wordie, CBE—Barrister.

  • Chairman, Burnham Committee.
  • Chairman, Aerated Waters (E and W) Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Hairdressing Undertakings Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Licensed Non-residential Establishment Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Pin, Hook and Eye Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Shirtmaking Wages Council.
  • Chairman, Wholesale Mantle and Costume Wages Council.
  • Member, Agricultural Wages Board.
  • Arbitrator, ACAS.

In addition, there are 63 members of the committee whose names and full-time occupations are published in the CAC Annual Report for 1977, a copy of which has been placed in the Library. I regret that information about their part-time appointments could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.