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Unfair Dismissal

Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish the study commissioned by his Department on the unfair dismissal provisions, and the employment consequences of any changes.

Yes. Publication of the findings of the research undertaken by the University of Manchester institute of science and technology into the operation of recent individual employment legislation is planned for later this year. It will be published in the Department of Employment research paper series and a copy will be placed in the House of Commons Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many applications there were to industrial tribunals for unfair dismissal due to trade union membership or trade union activities for the years 1982, 1983 and 1984; how many cases were actually heard in each year; and in how many of such cases the claimant was successful.

The best information available for the years 1982 and 1983 is as follows. Figures for 1984 are not yet available.

19821983
Number of applications820357
Number of applications withdrawn/settlement agreed694225
Applications heard by industrial tribunals126132
Number of successful applicants2121

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many applications there were to industrial tribunals for unfair dismissal due to nonmembership of a trade union for the years 1982, 1983 and

CommitteeChairmanDate AppointedDate Reported
Committee on Children and Young PersonsViscount Ingleby3 October 1956HMSO, 1960 (Cmnd. 1191)
Departmental Committee on Proceedings before Examining JusticesLord Tucker1 June 1957HMSO, 1958 (Cmnd. 479)
Committee on Remuneration and Conditions of Service of certain grades in the Prison ServicesJustice Wynn-Parry8 October 1957HMSO, 1958 (Cmnd. 544)
Committee of Inquiry into the Fishing IndustryAlexander Fleck27 November 1957HMSO, 1960 (Cmnd. 1266)
Inter-departmental Committee on the Business of the Criminal CourtsJustice Streatfield17 June 1958HMSO, 1961 (Cmnd. 1289)
Departmental Committee on Matrimonial ProceedingsMr. Justice Davies5 July 1958HMSO, 1959 (Cmnd. 638)
Departmental Committee on Human Artificial InseminationEarl of Feversham3 September 1958HMSO, 1960 (Cmnd. 1105)
Departmental Comrnittee on the Probation ServiceSir Ronald Morison, QC27 May 1959HMSO, 1961 (Cmnd. 1650)
1962 (Cmnd. 1800)

1984; how many cases were actually heard in each year; and in how many of such cases the claimant was successful.

The best information available for the years 1982 and 1983 is as follows. Figures for 1984 are not yet available.

19821983
Number of applications615
Number of applications withdrawn/settlement agreed48
Applications heard by industrial tribunals27
Number of successful applications03

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many applications to the industrial tribunals for unfair dismissal had between one and two years' continuous service in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

Total figures are not available. On the basis of a sample analysis of complaints of unfair dismissal for the calendar years 1982 and 1983, it is estimated that the following number of complaints were from applicants who had between one and two years' continuous service:

YearNumber of complaints
19827,870
19835,840
These figures should be treated with caution because of the margin of error inherent in any sample. Figures are not yet available for 1984.