Employment Tribunals Service

Home Department written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many industrial tribunals relating to his Department have been held in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was of such tribunals in each such year.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The number of times the Home Office, including the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), have been taken to a full employment tribunal hearing in each of the last five years is as follows:

2004-05

Neither Home Office HQ nor UKBA hold this information centrally, which could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Neither IPS nor CRB were taken to a full employment tribunal.

2005-06

There were fewer than five full employment tribunal hearings. Further information is therefore withheld on confidentiality grounds.

2006-07

There were 10 full employment tribunal hearings.

2007-08

There were seven full employment tribunal hearings.

2008-09

There were 11 full employment tribunal hearings.

The Home Office does not maintain a central record of costs incurred in contesting employment tribunals (formerly industrial tribunals). The information required could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

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