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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many industrial tribunal claims or civil court claims were lodged in which the British High Commission in Malta stood as defendant in the last eight years; and how many such cases were lost.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

In the last eight years, six cases have been lodged with the industrial tribunal in which the British high commission in Malta has stood as defendant. Four of these cases have not yet reached their conclusion. To date, the high commission's decision-making has always been confirmed by the tribunal as being justified and correct; and the high commission has never been found guilty of breaking the law concerning employees. However, the high commission has been directed to pay compensation in some cases. The high commission has lodged appeals in two cases which will be heard in 2013.

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