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Employment Tribunals Service

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times his Department has been taken to an employment tribunal in each of the last five years; what the reason cited in each case was; and in how many cases the tribunal found in favour of the (a) employee and (b) Department. (290571)

The number of times the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), have been taken to a full employment tribunal hearing in each of the last five years is as follows:

2004-05

Neither Home Office HQ nor UKBA hold this information centrally, which could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost. Neither IPS nor CRB were taken to a full employment tribunal.

2005-06

Fewer than five claims went to a full hearing. Further information is therefore withheld on confidentiality grounds.

2006-07

There were 10 full employment tribunal hearings; the tribunal found in favour of the employee on two occasions and in favour of the Department on 8 occasions. The reasons given for the claims included disability discrimination, race discrimination, unfair dismissal, and equal pay.

2007-08

There were seven full employment tribunal hearings; the tribunal found in favour of the employee on one occasion and in favour of the Department on six occasions. The reasons given for the claims included race discrimination, unfair dismissal, and unlawful deduction of wages.

2008-09

There were 11 full employment tribunals; the tribunal found in favour of the employee on four occasions and in favour of the Department on seven occasions. The reasons given for the claims included disability discrimination, race discrimination, sex discrimination, unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages and victimisation.