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Employment Tribunals Service

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what cost to the public purse has been incurred in the last financial year arising from employment tribunal cases involving claims for equal pay where an expert was instructed.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

It is not possible to provide information on the cost of particular types of cases within the employment tribunal system. In particular, information on equal pay (equal value) litigation in which an independent expert is instructed is not collated centrally and could be identified only at disproportionate cost by manually trawling through tribunal files.

However using official statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, it is possible to report on the number of receipts and disposals in relation to equal pay complaints in the financial year 2012-13. Tables 1 and 2 set out this information.

Table 1 provides the number of equal pay jurisdictional complaints presented and disposed of by employment tribunals during the financial year 2012-13.

Table 1: Receipts and disposals of equal pay complaints in 2012-13
Equal pay complaints 2012-13
Receipts 23,638
Disposed 24,626
Source: Official Annual Employment Tribunal Stats 2012-13

The employment tribunals disposed of more complaints than have been received during the year 2012-13.

Table 2 provides the number of equal pay complaints that have been disposed of, broken down by type of disposal, where that disposal was by judicial determination (rather than by ACAS conciliation, withdrawal or otherwise).

Table 2: 2012-13 equal pay complaints disposals at hearing
  Equal pay complaints
Successful at tribunal 9
Dismissed at preliminary hearing(1) 43
Unsuccessful at hearing(2) 50
Default judgement 3
(1) Previously described as dismissed at hearing (out of scope) (2 )Previously described as dismissed at hearing (other reasons) Source: Official Annual Employment Tribunal Stats 2012-13

The tables show that the vast majority of equal pay complaints are disposed of by withdrawal, ACAS conciliation or otherwise and are not disposed of at hearing.

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