Clause 4

Part of Employment Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 14 October 2008.

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Photo of Nick Palmer Nick Palmer PPS (Malcolm Wicks, Minister of State), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform 11:30, 14 October 2008

I should like to say how much I look forward to serving under your chairmanship, Mr. Bercow. I appreciate the point made by the hon. Member for Huntingdon, but the amendment does not seem to address the key issue. If there is mutual consent or if one side has not bothered to put in a substantive case, it seems obvious that the matter should be fast-tracked, entirely independently of whether it is a money issue or something else. I take the point made by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley: we need to be clear about the exact meaning of proposed new subsection (3AB) because there should not be any doubt. We have sufficient trust in the tribunal system to believe that a reasonably adequate request for a hearing would not be dismissed purely on frivolous procedural grounds.