7In Schedule 9 to the 1978 Act (industrial tribunals), after paragraph 6 there shall be inserted the following Paragraph—
“ Interest on sums awarded
6A(1)The Secretary of State may by order made with the approval of the Treasury provide that sums payable in pursuance of decisions of industrial tribunals shall carry interest at such rate and between such times as may be prescribed by the order.
(2)Any interest due by virtue of such an order shall be recoverable as a sum payable in pursuance of the decision.
(3)The power conferred by sub-paragraph (1) includes power—
(a)to specify cases or circumstances in which interest shall not be payable;
(b)to provide that interest shall be payable only on sums exceeding a specified amount or falling between specified amounts ;
(c)to make provision for the manner in which and the periods by reference to which interest is to be calculated and paid;
(d)to provide that any enactment shall or shall not apply in relation to interest payable by virtue of an order under sub-paragraph (1) or shall apply to it with such modifications as may be specified in the order ;
(e)to make provision for cases where sums are payable in pursuance of decisions or awards made on appeal from industrial tribunals ;
(f)to make such incidental or supplemental provision as the Secretary of State considers necessary.
(4)Without prejudice to the generality of sub-paragraph (3), an order under sub-paragraph (1) may provide that the rate of interest shall be the rate specified in section 17 of the Judgments Act 1838 as that enactment has effect from time to time.”.