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 redundancies were made by the British high commission in Malta in the last five years; under what legislation such redundancies were made; what legal advice was requested by the commission in respect of redundancies; and whether the high commission has lost any tribunal or court case in relation to those redundancies.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

In the last five years there have been six redundancies within the British high commission in Malta. The high commission implemented these in full consultation with the British high commissioner's honorary legal adviser, who advised in accordance with Maltese labour law. The British high commission has only once been directed by the Court of Appeal to compensate an employee as a result of redundancy. Two other cases are still sub judice.

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