asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current salary paid to permanent chairmen of industrial tribunals; when this was last reviewed; and what was the percentage increase.
The current salary paid to full-time chairmen of industrial tribunals (other than regional chairmen) is £28,500. This was last increased in 1984 following report No. 21 of the top salaries review body. The former salary of £26,750 was increased by 3 per cent. on 1 April 1984 and by a further 3·5 per cent. on 1 November 1984. In addition, a London weighting allowance, currently £1,300 is paid to chairmen serving in inner London. Chairmen's salaries have recently again been reviewed by the top salaries review body. Its report is at present being considered by the Government.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment by how much the work load of industrial tribunals has been reduced as a result of the introduction of the new qualifying period.
The workload of industrial tribunals has not yet reduced as a result of the recent change in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims. The change applies only to those commencing a period of continuous employment on or after 1 June 1985. The effect of any reduction in case load will not therefore begin to be felt until June 1986, and the full effect will not be felt until the second half of 1987.