§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Solicitor-General what the average wait before an appeal is heard against the decision of an Employment Tribunal has been in the last 12 months. 
§ Mr. Sutcliffe
I have been asked to reply.
For appeals received in the last 12 months ending August 2003 the average time between receipt of the appeal and first hearing was four months.
Presently, appeals are on average being listed for a hearing within three months.