Industrial Tribunals (Reports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey Howe Mr Geoffrey Howe , Bebington 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will arrange for the regular and properly indexed publication in a series of industrial reports of all important decisions given by industrial tribunals, including the reasons for such decisions.

Photo of Mr Ernest Thornton Mr Ernest Thornton , Farnworth

Reports of selected decisions of the industrial tribunals, with the reasons for those decisions, will be published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office on behalf of the tribunals. The form of the publication is under consideration. All the tribunals' decisions, with the reasons, are entered in a register open to public inspection at the central offices of the tribunals in London and Glasgow.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Howe Mr Geoffrey Howe , Bebington

I thank the hon. Member for that reply, but when consideration is given to the form of the reports will he bear in mind the difficulty that arose in the early days of the Insurance Commissioners due to the absence of a properly indexed and comprehensive series setting out the reasons? In view of the important decisions that these tribunals will have taken and are likely to take on other subjects in the future, can the Minister assure us that we shall have a speedily produced and properly indexed series of reports on all these matters?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thornton Mr Ernest Thornton , Farnworth

I think that I can give the hon. and learned Member that assurance.