asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many, and what percentage, of claimants and of
|Applicant Legally No. of cases||Represented % of cases||Applicant Trade No. of cares||Union Represented % of cases|
become available shortly and I shall send them to the hon. Member.
respondents, respectively, in unfair dismissal or redundancy claims brought before industrial tribunals have been legally represented; how many claimants have been represented by trade union officials, in industrial tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal or redundancy, during each year since 1971 for which records are available; and in how many and what percentage of such cases the claimant or respondent represented in this way succeeded.
The Central Office of the Industrial Tribunals (England and Wales) has collected figures on representation of applicants at tribunal hearings under all jurisdictions for the month of October in the three years 1977–1979. These are as follows:from a small sample of unfair dismissal cases in 1978, that applicants were successful in approximately 35 per cent.
of cases in which they had legal representation and 20 per cent. of cases in which they were represented by their trade union.
The corresponding information on the legal representation of respondents before tribunals is as follows:
Central Office of the Industrial Tribunals
Respondent Legally No. of cases
Represented percentage of cases
The Department of Employment sample of unfair dismissal cases in 1978 suggests that respondents with legal representation were successful in 73 per cent. of cases.