The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Bridget Prentice): My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor, has made the following written ministerial statement:
"On 1 April 2006, I will launch the Tribunals Service. The new agency brings together the tribunals already administered by DCA with five others from across central Government. It is the culmination of a major programme of work that has involved extensive engagement with tribunals, other Government Departments and stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition and minimal disruption to users. The formation of the agency is the first major shake-up of the UK tribunals system for over fifty years and will ensure the manifest independence of the tribunals from those whose decisions they are reviewing.
The Tribunals Service will work to make the whole system of administrative justice more efficient, effective and accessible for users. Over time, it will test a range of methods of dispute resolution to create a service that ensures the public can get their problems addressed by the most suitable means.
|Key Performance Indicators
|Employment Tribunals Service
|The percentage of single Employment Tribunal cases where the hearing begins within 26 weeks of receipt
|The minimum percentage of above target to be achieved by individual regional offices
|The average time taken to issue the decision of the employment tribunal to the applicant following the tribunal hearing.
|Employment Appeals Tribunal
|The percentage of Appeals listed for a first hearing within 26 weeks of receipt
|The average time from the receipt of an appeal from the original decision-making agency to the first tribunal hearing
|The average time for a rehearing of a case returned from the Social Security Commissioner following an appeal against the original tribunal
|Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (shared with Home Office)
|The percentage of substantive asylum applications including the final appeal that is decided within 6 months
|Criminal Injuries and Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP)
|The percentage of cases where a decision on eligibility for compensation is issued from receipt of the ready-to-list bundle provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
|75% in6 months95% in12 months
|The Percentage of both eligibility and quantum (value) cases that are to be resolved within:6 months12 months2 years
|Number of appeals resolved per hearing day
|Mental Health Review Tribunal
|The average time taken from the date of receipt of the application to the date when the notification of the written decision is received by the applicant for:Section 2 (Mental Health Act 1983) casesSection 3 (Mental Health Act 1983) casesRestricted cases
|7 days5 weeks14 weeks
|Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
|The average time taken from the date of receipt of the application to the date when the notification of the written decision is received by the applicant
|The percentage of:Cases registered,Case statements processed,Decisions issued, within 10 working days
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Bridget Prentice): The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, my noble Friend the Baroness Ashton of Upholland, has made the following written ministerial statement.
(a) To collect 60 per cent. of accounts, in all cases where an account is properly due, within two calendar months of the accounting end date; 85 per cent. within four calendar months of the accounting end date; and 95 per cent. within six calendar months of the accounting end date.
(b) To work with receivers to ensure they have access to funds to support the client for a year at a time. Where requests for release of funds are made over and above this, PGO will give directions to the Court Funds Office (CFO), or dispatch directions to the receiver within five working days in 80 per cent. of cases and within 10 working days in 95 per cent. of cases; or explain why it cannot release funds.
(c) Providing it has all the appropriate forms and information required in support of an application, PGO will list a case for hearing and notify the applicant within 10 working days in 95 per cent. of cases.
(g) Where a client dies and PGO has a complete application for final directions, PGO will prepare and dispatch directions to transfer assets to personal representatives within 15 working days in 80 per cent. of cases, within 20 working days in 98 per cent. of cases.