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Race Relations (Unfair Dismissal Claims)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many complaints of unfair dismissal under the Race Relations Act were heard by industrial tribunals in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979; how many were supported by the Commission

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the present number of inspectors in each of the inspectorates of the Health and Safety Executive; and how this compares with each of the last six years.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 May 1980, c. 692]: The number of inspectors in post for each of Her Majesty's inspectorates in the Health and Safety Executive at the beginning of April 1980 and for the beginning of April in each of the last five years are as follows:for Racial Equality each year, and what percentage of these cases was successful.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 May 1980, c. 592–93]: The information about complaints of racial discrimination in dismissal brought under the Race Relations Act 1976 which were heard by industrial tribunals is as follows:

Number of complaintsNumber upheldPercentage upheld
13 June 1977 to 30 June 1978240
1 July 1978 to 30 June 19795224
In the period 1 July 1979 to 31 December 1979 a further 18 cases were heard, none of which was upheld.I understand from the Commission for Racial Equality that the information requested about the applications it supported is not available from the records it keeps of applications for assistance under section 66 of the Act.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of members of industrial tribunals hearing cases of unfair dismissal under the Race Relations Act came from ethnic minority groups; and if he is satisfied that such groups are sufficiently represented.

[pursuant to his reply, 2 May 1980, c. 592–93]: Some 3 per cent.—or 67—of members of industrial tribunals have special knowledge or experience of race relations in the employment field. They are specially selected to sit on tribunals hearing cases under the Race Relations Act, and I am satisfied that the interests of ethnic minority groups are sufficiently represented in this way.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment in how many of the successful complaints of unfair dismissal made to industrial tribunals under the Race Relations Act it was

Compensation (£)July 1977 to June 1978July 1978 to June 1979July 1979 to December 1979
1–491
50–993102
100–14921
150–199121
200–2992
300–3991
400–499
500–749
750–9991
1.000 and over1
4195