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Departmental Trade Unions

Justice written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff of (a) his Department, (b) HM Courts and Tribunals Service, (c) HM Land Registry, (d) the National Offender Management Service, (e) the National Archives and (f) the Office of the Public Guardian were entitled to work (i) full-time as trade union representatives and (ii) part-time on trade union activities in (A) 2009-10 and (B) 2010-11; how many such staff were paid more than £25,900 annually; and what the cost was to the public purse of employing such staff on such duties.

Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 23 May 2011, Hansard, columns 407-408W.

Facilities Agreements between the Ministry of Justice and the Trade Union Sides follow the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the ACAS Code of Practice “Time off for Trade Union Duties and Activities” available at:

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2391

These departmental agreements are in the process of being reviewed, and more recent data cannot currently be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

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