Results 14401–14420 of 14440 for speaker:John Healey

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: The hon. Gentleman obviously does not read the same newspapers and magazines as I do. If he did, he would have seen that the press release was picked up quite widely. If he would like to have details of the consultees to the process, I am sure that the Minister will be pleased to provide that list. The more substantial point about burden of proof cropped up this time last week on Report, and...

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: We are discussing the Bill as it stands on Third Reading, so I shall not be tempted into an argument about the National Minimum Wage Bill. This legislation plays no part in the assertion that there has been a systematic change in the burden of proof. Another substatial point raised by the hon. Member for North Wiltshire related to private arbitration, a point picked up by the hon. Member for...

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: That is entirely a matter for the parties concerned. The Bill seeks to encourage people to use arbitration as an alternative to the industrial tribunal hearing, and, to do that, we want to make sure that the arbitration is properly founded and overseen by ACAS. I should like to make two further specific points—I am getting signs that I should wind up, but these are important points that...

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: The hon. Gentleman again makes the point that he made earlier. I move on to the comments on clause 13. The Bill is designed to encourage the greater use of internal appeal procedures. Listening to Opposition Members, I believe that it is clear that they do not appreciate that the operation of internal appeal procedures requires persuasion on both sides. Such procedures do not exist in many...

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: I must press on, as both sides of the House are keen for me to make progress. The Bill brings modest rather than radical reform to employment tribunals. It makes a good service even better.

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: That is beyond the scope of the Bill. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman should make representations to the Minister of State, who is preparing a White Paper on fairness at work, which could well cover such issues. That would be the appropriate context in which to raise the matter. Since they were set up by the Industrial Training Act 1964, tribunals have had their jurisdictions and their...

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: I must press on.

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: I welcome the hon. Gentleman's remarks, although I feel that I am under pressure from both sides. In conclusion, I know from my working experience before entering the House—and it has been confirmed since, with my constituency case work—that the changes in the Bill are needed, to maintain the established purpose of tribunals in the modern era. Although, strictly speaking, we are...

Prayers: Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords] (27 Mar 1998)

John Healey: I remind the hon. Gentleman—and he may then recall—that there was an opportunity for the previous Government to introduce the Bill between the end of consultation on the draft Bill and the Queen's Speech on 23 October 1996.

Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords]: Determinations without a Hearing or Full Hearing (20 Mar 1998)

John Healey: It was remiss of me earlier not to welcome the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen) to the Opposition Front Bench. I enjoyed his distinctive speech, and welcomed his confirmation of the Conservative party's backing for the Bill. This group of amendments deals with the power provided in clause 2 for tribunals to determine a case, when both parties agree, on the basis of written evidence alone...

Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords]: Hearings by Chairman and One Other Member (20 Mar 1998)

John Healey: The purpose of clause 4 is to deal with a particular circumstance that may arise from time to time. Tribunal proceedings may currently be heard in the absence of one lay member—for example, if they are ill—but only if all the parties agree. All those parties must agree, regardless of whether they are present. If a tribunal is scheduled to proceed and one of the parties has said that they...

Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords]: Matters Proved on Evidence Before the Tribunal (20 Mar 1998)

John Healey: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman could explain how his example relates to the burden of proof. I made it clear that, in unfair dismissal cases, the primary burden of proof is on the employee rather than the employer. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that runs contrary to the points being made by his hon. Friends?

Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords]: Matters Proved on Evidence Before the Tribunal (20 Mar 1998)

John Healey: I welcome the debate on new clause 9 and amendment No. 1, but not the reasons that lie behind them. The tabling of 10 new clauses and more than 50 amendments suggests that the purpose of Conservative Members is to impede rather than to improve the Bill. That has less to do with this Bill and more to do with another Bill which, like a will-'o the-wisp, will disappear before their eyes next...

Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords]: Matters Proved on Evidence Before the Tribunal (20 Mar 1998)

John Healey: The hon. Member for Hexham (Mr. Atkinson) and his hon. Friends start from a misapprehension about the nature of the burden of proof. We are not talking about a presumption of guilt or culpability; it is a question of who is best placed to settle a dispute about the facts, one way or the other. Surely it must be right that the party with access to information should have responsibility for...

Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Bill [Lords]: Matters Proved on Evidence Before the Tribunal (20 Mar 1998)

John Healey: That is correct, but the source of information is the employer. In such circumstances, it makes practical sense for the employer to hold the principal burden of proof where facts are disputed. It is not simply the national minimum wage that is at stake here. New clause 9 would affect the way in which tribunals operate in a number of other cases. Contrary to the assertion of the hon. Member...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Repeals and Revocations (9 Mar 1998)

John Healey: This Bill was badly needed, and is long overdue. It brings Britain into line—finally—with other modern economies, and gives us for the first time a national minimum wage. To borrow a well-worn phrase, the Bill is tough on low pay, and tough on the causes of low pay. The Bill will stop cowboy companies driving down wages and driving down standards in other workplaces. There is a strong...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Repeals and Revocations (9 Mar 1998)

John Healey: Those Conservative Members are the last of Britain's pressure groups that are unable to come to terms with the principle of the national minimum wage. They cannot come to terms with the fact that public opinion has left them behind. After 86 hours—

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Repeals and Revocations (9 Mar 1998)

John Healey: After 86 hours in Committee and 15 hours on Report, I want to see the end of the national minimum wage being kicked around as a political football. I want to see the beginning of the national minimum wage as a permanent feature of the British economy as we move into the next millennium.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Invest in Britain Bureau (13 Jan 1998)

John Healey: If he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the Invest in Britain Bureau. [20424]


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