It is a pleasure to contribute to the scrutiny and passage of the Bill, having followed it for so long. My hon. Friend the
Minister for Employment and the Regions has ably led the Committee's proceedings so far.
It is a pleasure for me, as a long-standing member of the GMB union and the National Union of Journalists and a former employee of the TUC, to be able to deal with a clause that reinforces the positive role that trade unions play in the work force to increase training and to encourage employees to take advantage of it.