Hardship Tribunals (Chairmen)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Wing Commander Archibald James Wing Commander Archibald James , Wellingborough

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is satisfied, in the light of his experience, that the chairmen of hardship tribunals are in all cases administering the Act satisfactorily; and whether, in cases in which there is sustained complaint, he can, and will, cause independent investigation with a view to changing the chairmen where warranted?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

My right hon. Friend is not aware of any material ground for dissatisfaction. The decisions of the statutory tribunals over which these chairmen preside are under certain conditions subject to appeal to the Umpire and could not properly be made the ground of any intervention by my right hon. Friend. Should there be apparently well-founded complaints in respect of other matters, my right hon. Friend has ample powers to take any action that may be necessary.

Photo of Wing Commander Archibald James Wing Commander Archibald James , Wellingborough

If specific cases are brought to the Minister's notice, are we to understand that he has power to investigate and remedy them?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

Certainly, so long as they do not affect the actual decision and rulings of the Umpire thereon.