Trade Union Officials

Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provided for staff to carry out trade union activities in each of the last three years; and how many days staff spent on those activities in those years.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) operate a joint trade union facility time agreement. Details of the funding that the Department has allocated centrally for trade union activity for the last three years can be found in the following table.

Financial year Funding for departmental trade union activities (£)
2011-12 265,859
2012-13 275,280
2013-14 228,850

Information on the number of days accredited trade union representatives carry out trade union activities is not collected centrally. The Department and the MHRA currently share trade union facility time of a small number of staff elected by trade unions whose work time is fully allocated to trade union activities.

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