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Industrial Tribunals

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of appeals made to industrial tribunals in Hull, Stoke and the United Kingdom as a whole for the past five years; what were the causes of complaint; and in how many the appeals were upheld.

I can give information only for Great Britain, as I am not responsible for the industrial tribunals in Northern Ireland. Figures are not available for application registered in particular towns and districts, but the

Jurisdiction1975*1976197719781979
Unfair dismissal34,19435,29336,20135,60533,540
Redundancy payments4,4493,8682,8122,358
Joint unfair dismissal/redundancy payments2,6832,1051,7821,713
Contracts of employment577598417360
Equal pay2,3761,377398207
Sex discrimination368357277270
Other provisions of the employment protection legislation†3012,0341,1711,901
Race discrimination208520604
Compensation appeals‡1,5721,586379361
Health and safety§7799119131169
Appeals against Industrial Training Board levy4349396354
Docks and harbours legislation and appeals against selective employment payments112318527
Totals35,89747,80446,96143,32141,244
Source: Central Offices of the Industrial Tribunals for England and Wales, and Scotland.
* Figures were not collected separately for applications concerning unfair dismissal, redundancy payments and contracts of employment.
†Items such as written statements of conditions and reasons for dismissal, itemised pay statements, maternity pay and time off for public duties.
‡These cases concern awards of compensation for loss of office and related matters under various statutes.
§These cases concern improvement or prohibition notices issued under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and, since October 1978, time off for safety representatives to perform their duties.
Information on the outcomes of these applications is not available for the total number of cases but is collected by the Department of Employment only for completed cases concerning unfair dismissal, sex and racial discrimination and equal pay. Many of these cases do not reach a hearing because they are withdrawn or conciliated. The numbers of cases upheld and mismissed at a tribunal hearing in the jurisdictions mentioned are as follows: —
UNFAIR DISMISSAL
UpheldDismissed
19753,3505,377
19764,8388,562
19773,9548,888
19783,2778,511
1979Not yet available
EQUAL PAY ACT 1970
UpheldDismissed
1976213496
197791272
19782456
1979Not yet available
SEX DISCRIMATION ACT 1975
UpheldDismissed
19762495
19771760
19781453
1979Not yet available
RACE RELATIONS ACT 1976
UpheldDismissed
13 June 1977–30 June 1978561
1 July 1978–30 June 197958130

number of applications registered in Great Britain in the last five years under each jurisdiction are as follows: