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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 11th December 2001

STANDING COMMITTEE F


EMPLOYMENT BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee (6th December).

    Clause No. 22 (Employment Tribunals).Another Amendment (No. 12) proposed, in page 32, line 16, at the end to insert the words—

      '(dd) to make an order prohibiting a representative of a party to proceedings before it from representing parties before Employment Tribunals or Employment Appeals Tribunals for a specified period of time by reason of the representative's conduct of the proceedings.'—(Mr Phillip Hammond.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.
   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

13

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     16,     at end insert—

      '(de) to ensure that the cost of any disallowance ordered under paragraph (a) above is met by the representative and not the person represented.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

14

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '(1AA)   Regulations made under subsection (1A) above may not discriminate between different classes or types of representatives or between representatives on the basis of whether they represent applicants or respondents.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

10

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     17,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Brian Cotter
Norman Lamb

2

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     22,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

8

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     24,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

17

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     25,     after 'tribunal', insert 'in specified circumstances'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

15

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     27,     at end add—

       'and such regulations shall make provision for taxing or otherwise settling the amount of payment to be made or for fixed sums to be payable by reference to criteria set out in the regulations.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

16

Clause     22,     page     32,     line     27,     at end add—

    '(3)   After that section there is inserted—

       "13B Charges for Applications to Employment Tribunals

       Employment Tribunal procedure regulations may include provision for authorising an employment tribunal to charge a fee payable by an applicant upon lodging an application with the tribunal, in such amount as the regulations shall provide.'".


   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

18

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     32,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

20

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     34,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

21

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     41,     at end insert—

      '(dd) to make an order prohibiting a representative of a party to proceedings before it from representing parties before Employment Tribunals or Employment Appeals Tribunals for a specified period of time by reason of the representative's conduct of the proceedings.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

22

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     41,     at end insert—

      '(de) to ensure that the cost of any disallowance ordered under paragraph (a) above is met by the representative and not the person represented.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

23

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     41,     at end insert—

      '(c) to prevent a representative of a party to proceedings before it who is subject to an order under paragraph (b) above from recovering such costs or expenses from the person represented.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

24

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   Regulations made under subsection (2) above may not discriminate between different classes or types of representatives or between representatives on the basis of whether they represent applicants or respondents.'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

19

Clause     23,     page     32,     line     42,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

25

Clause     23,     page     33,     line     2,     at end add—

    '( )   After that section there is inserted—

       "34A Compensation for preparation time

       Appeal Tribunal procedure rules shall include provision for authorising an Appeal Tribunal to order a party to proceedings before it to make a payment to any other party in respect of the time spent by that other party in preparing his case and shall make provision for taxing or otherwise settling the amount of payment to be made or for fixed sums to be payable by reference to criteria set out in the rules".'.


   

Brian Cotter
Norman Lamb

3

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     5,     leave out subsection (1).

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

34

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     10,     after 'such', insert 'fixed'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

26

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     10,     after 'period', insert 'not exceeding three months'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

35

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     11,     at end insert 'or for such extension of such fixed period as the Tribunal may order'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

38

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   In section 18 of the Act (conciliation) after subsection (7) there is inserted

      "(7A) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (7) above, where the conciliation officer believes that any party to a conciliation procedure has behaved in a manner which ought to be conveyed to the Tribunal, he may make a report in writing of such matter to the Tribunal and the Tribunal shall take account of any such reported behaviour in making any order under section 13 above.".'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

32

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     23,     leave out paragraph (a).

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

33

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     28,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

36

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     35,     at end add ', and

    (d)   after paragraph (c) add—

      "(d) provisions securing that the parties to proceedings have timely access to all documents necessary to facilitate concilliation".'.

   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

37

Clause     24,     page     33,     line     35,     at end add—

    '(4)   The Secretary of State shall within 90 days of this section coming into force, prepare and publish an assessment of the additional resources required by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service to facilitate the conciliation process as provided for in this section'.


   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

39

Clause     25,     page     33,     line     43,     at end insert—

    '(aa)   authorise the Secretary of State to prescribe forms in electronic format for the purposes stated in paragraph (a) above.'.

   

Brian Cotter
Norman Lamb

4

Page     33,     line     36,     leave out Clause 25.


   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

40

Clause     26,     page     34,     line     7,     after 'hearing', insert 'where both parties agree to such a determination'.


   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

41

Clause     27,     page     34,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   Where employment tribunal procedure regulations include provisions enabling the President to make directions about the procedure of employment tribunals they shall also include provision requiring the President to consult with such users and representatives of users of the employment tribunals as appear to him to be appropriate before making such directions'.


   

Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Charles Hendry

42

Clause     28,     page     34,     line     31,     at end add—

    '(2)   In section 9(1) of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996, after paragraph (a) there is inserted—

      "(aa) for enabling the Tribunal to strike out any case which is found by a review conducted under paragraph (a) above to be without merit and where in the opinion of the Tribunal, no purpose would be served in allowing the case to be determined at a hearing, and".'.

 
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