The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued a consultation on a proposal that tribunals should have the power, in claims involving whistleblowing, to pass details of alleged wrongdoing relied upon by the whistleblowers in tribunal claims to a "relevant regulator" for investigation.

The Employment Tribunals received around 1700 whistleblowing claims last year. However tribunals do not undertake an assessment of the underlying allegations. The consultation proposes that Tribunals will send copies of the claim forms or extracts of the relevant parts to the relevant regulators where the employee has given their express consent. The consultation closes on 2 October and legislation is to come into force in April 2010.