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Staff Redundancies

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance she gives on whether firms, when making staff redundant without allowing staff to work their notice period, have to take into account lost pay and benefits pension rights when making payment in lieu of notice. [103395]

Employees entitled to notice of dismissal are entitled, where no notice is given, to pay in lieu for the period of notice required. They are also entitled to other benefits, such as pension rights, that would have accrued in respect of that period. This is the position whatever the reason for dismissal except in cases where the employer is justified in dismissing the employee summarily.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions her Department has been notified of significant redundancies planned by (a) AMP, (b) Pearl Assurance and (c) NPI; how many jobs were affected; and in what locations. [103399]

I regret it is not possible to disclose details of the number of notifications of proposed redundancies received by the Department. Such information is a confidential matter between the employer and the Department, under Exemption 13, Third Party's commercial confidences, of the Code of Practice on access to Government information.