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Discrimination: Tribunals

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many discrimination cases were heard by employment tribunals, broken down by the type of discrimination, in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (190504)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of hearings by type of case is not held centrally. However, the number of discrimination cases disposed of over the last five years is given in the following table. Information is not available for 2007-08 as details are collated locally and processed and published at the end of the financial year.

The number of discrimination cases disposed of from 2003-04 to 2006-07

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Sex

10,254

16,211

24,217

18,909

Disability

3,925

4,673

4,072

4,345

Equal Pay

2,195

3,943

11,323

7,854

Race

3,117

3,080

3,430

3,117

Religion or belief1

340

498

Sexual orientation1

321

384

Age2

135

Total

19,491

27,907

43,703

35,242

1 Information is available from 2005-06 onwards following introduction of new legislation.

2 Information is available from 2006-07 onwards following introduction of new legislation.

Data is not available prior to the introduction of relevant legislation.

Source:

Appendix 1, The Employment Tribunals Service Annual Report for years 2003-04 to 2006-07