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FORMAT:Interview by Jane Markham with Trade Minister Ian McCartney

SUBJECT:Appointments normally made for 3 years; 320 new members needed; reasons why new system was introduced; what happens at a tribunal; qualities needed for lay members; training available; the selection process; attracting applicants from small businesses; how often they will be called upon; why people should want to apply; attending a hearing as an observer.

TOPICALITY: Recruitment drive for Employment Tribunals launched 2nd June Closing date for applications 25th June

CUE MATERIAL:A new campaign has been launched to recruit over 300 members of the general public to sit on Employment Tribunals. For the first time people can nominate themselves to be selected to help decide cases of alleged unfair dismissal or discrimination in the workplace. Although there are already 2,000 lay members throughout England, Scotland and Wales, in the past they have been nominated by organisations like the CBI and TUC. Trade Minister Ian McCartney has been telling Jane Markham why the recruitment drive has been launched.


IN:"Appointments are normally......

OUT:.............member of the tribunal."


OUT CUE: If you'd like to know more about becoming a lay member of an Employment Tribunal, call Freephone 0800 783 7197. You can also visit the DTI Website at - or write to 7, Old Park Lane, London W1Y 3LJ. The closing date for applications is 25th June, Interviews are likely to take place in September and appointments will be made by October.


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