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Employment Tribunal Service

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employment tribunal hearings were (a) scheduled and (b) completed at each centre in each of the last three years. (322019)

The information in the following table shows the number of scheduled hearings in each employment tribunal office and the number of hearings that actually took place in those offices. In each case, the information covers each of the last three complete financial years. For the purposes of this question, the term ‘hearing’ includes case management discussions, pre-hearing reviews, merits hearings, review hearings and, where necessary, remedy hearings.

The listing of a case for hearing can often focus the minds of parties and representatives on the possibility of solutions other than a tribunal hearing. Many of the cases scheduled for hearing can, therefore, be settled or withdrawn prior to that hearing taking place. A number of cases will also have been postponed at the request of parties or, occasionally, on the direction of an employment judge. In order to maximise the use of hearing rooms cases are listed (under the direction of a Judge) with the expectation that a proportion will withdraw.

Office

Number of hearings

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Aberdeen

Scheduled

753

820

767

Completed

304

302

294

Ashford

Scheduled

2,162

2,492

2,265

Completed

1012

1184

960

Bedford

Scheduled

2,278

2,248

2,439

Completed

914

821

858

Birmingham

Scheduled

6,440

6,674

7,763

Completed

3,161

3,243

3,439

Bristol

Scheduled

2,660

3,039

3,194

Completed

1,243

1,254

1,306

Bury St. Edmunds

Scheduled

2,529

2,537

2,530

Completed

921

881

882

Cardiff

Scheduled

2,504

2,901

3,169

Completed

966

1,178

1,343

Dundee

Scheduled

685

669

588

Completed

307

226

217

Edinburgh

Scheduled

1,520

1,489

1,384

Completed

612

592

544

Exeter

Scheduled

2,055

2,548

2,395

Completed

918

1,129

1,053

Glasgow

Scheduled

3,074

3,523

3,749

Completed

1,367

1,627

1,739

Leeds

Scheduled

4,459

4,769

5,110

Completed

2,038

2,229

2,222

Leicester

Scheduled

1,822

2,076

2,093

Completed

670

846

822

Liverpool

Scheduled

2,867

2,870

3,135

Completed

1,082

1,092

1,264

London Central

Scheduled

4,871

5,357

6,405

Completed

2,599

2,952

3,446

London South

Scheduled

5,294

5,182

5,182

Completed

2,635

2,636

2,695

Manchester

Scheduled

5,596

5,766

6,657

Completed

2,226

2,448

3,008

Newcastle

Scheduled

5,751

7,208

7,206

Completed

3,059

4,068

3,798

Nottingham

Scheduled

2,475

2,791

3,003

Completed

961

1,080

1,267

Reading

Scheduled

1,911

2,380

2,384

Completed

823

997

1,010

Sheffield

Scheduled

2,040

1,969

2,086

Completed

817

706

716

Shrewsbury

Scheduled

2,008

1,770

1,942

Completed

816

746

719

Southampton

Scheduled

3,739

3,774

3,436

Completed

1,680

1,658

1,560

Stratford

Scheduled

3,217

3,679

3,221

Completed

1,605

1,645

1,372

Watford

Scheduled

3,334

3,017

3,705

Completed

1,489

1,344

1,469

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are for the management of information technology at the Employment Tribunal Service; and for what reason the service has ceased to employ stenographers to transcribe proceedings. (322020)

The Tribunals Service is responsible for administering the work of employment tribunals. Information technology services in respect of those tribunals are provided by a unit within the Ministry of Justice, MOJ ICT (Information Communications Technology), which itself contracts with specialist IT providers. The contracts in place specify levels of service to be delivered, including measures for both quality and timeliness.

Stenographers have never been employed by the Tribunals Service or, before its inception, the Employment Tribunals Service, to transcribe employment tribunal proceedings. Parties may, with the consent of the tribunal, use stenographers but the costs involved will be met by the parties.