Industrial Tribunals: Fees — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 19th October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 3:22 pm, 19th October 2011

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Is he aware that the most recent consultation he has announced is only about the amount of fees and not about the principle, at a time when the BIS consultation has not yet been completed? Would he care to enlarge on the evidence to justify Mr George Osborne's pre-emptive statement to the Conservative Party conference on 3 October, when he cited as evidence simply "perceptions" of "weak or vexatious claims", when these are in fact being weeded out? Secondly, is the Minister aware of the recent statement by the chairman of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council that the Government's policy is based on limited evidence, which would have,

"a disproportionate and chilling effect on employees", and, moreover, that he has expressed great concern about tearing up the BIS consultation process, which has not yet been completed?