Northern Ireland Office: Trade Unions

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many civil servants in her Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and what the cost of that facility time is to her Department.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

My Department does not hold records on the number of staff who are members of a trades union as this is a matter for the individual.

Facilities time is made available to the union representatives in the Northern Ireland Office. During the last quarter for which figures are available they used a total of two hours for meetings at a cost to the Department of approximately £37.

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