Clause 54

Part of Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 19 June 2008.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) 9:45, 19 June 2008

I am grateful to the Minister for those remarks. As he said, we have rehearsed the arguments as to whether the measure provides a sufficient protection as an appeal process in the absence of the ability of someone whom we might call the accused to refer their concerns to an ordinary court of law, so I do not propose to go over them again.

The clause permits appeals to be heard either by the first-tier tribunals, which the Minister explained at some length, although I still have a question. Subsection (1)(b also permits another statutory tribunal that Ministers can specify. The Minister alluded to the fact that there is some expectation that employment tribunals may participate, not least because they handle health and safety at work cases.

I have two separate but important questions. How significant a role does the Minister envisage for non-first-tier tribunals, which are alluded to in subsection (1)(b)? What estimate has his Department made of the costs of the appeals process and what budget has been put to one side for the first year, say, after the measure is launched?