Report No. 76
4.44. Suggestion not accepted.-
We have given careful consideration to the suggestion that the arbitrator should be required to give reasons. And we appreciate the embarrassment that must be caused to the Government by such awards in the cases referred to by the Public Accounts Committee in its Report referred to above. We are also not unmindful of the fact that the public interest might sometimes suffer by awards which are not supported by reasons. But we regret that we are unable to persuade ourselves to accept the suggestion for amending the law. Our reasons for this conclusion will be set out presently. These reasons are, in our view, weighty enough to override other considerations.