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Clegg Commission

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the date of each outstanding reference to the Clegg Commission.

The dates on which the outstanding references to the Standing Commission on pay comparability were made are set out below:successful in approximately 35 per cent. of cases in which they had legal representation and 20 per cent. of cases in which they they were represented by their trade union; by whom such sample was taken and what other information is available as a result of that investigation.

The sample to which I referred was a 10 per cent. sample of unfair dismissal cases taken by my

UNFAIR DISMISSAL CASES—1978 10 PER CENT, SAMPLE APPLICANTS' REPRESENTATION AT TRIBUNAL HEARING BY OUTCOME
Type of representationTotal all tribunal hearingsCases dismissedCases upheld
Self represented483346(71·6%)137(28·4%)
By Trade Union187147(78·6%)40(21·4%)
By Lawyer295185(62·7%)110(37·3%)
Other8054(67·5%)26(32·5%)
Representative not present1514(93·3%)1(6·7%)
Not known6950(72·5%)19(27·5%)
Sample Total1,129796(70·5%)333(29·5%)

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how large a sample of unfair dismissal cases was taken in 1978 suggesting that respondents with legal representation were successful in 73 per cent. of cases; and how many and in what overall percentage of cases respondents were successful during that year.

The sample taken was 10 per cent. of unfair dismissal cases in 1978. Of all unfair dismissal cases heard by industrial tribunals in 1978, the respondents were successful in 8,551—72 per cent.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will take a sample of unfair dismissal cases in 1979, to ascertain what percentage of applicants were successful when they had legal representation and what percentage when they were represented by their trade union; and what percentage of respondents were successful when represented and when not represented.

My Department has taken such a sample but the data have not yet been processed, and accordingly I regret that the information is not yet available.