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Trade Unions

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many working people he estimates are members of trades unions which are not affiliated to the TUC; and what arrangements he has made for regular consultation with their representatives.

The latest available figure for total trade union membership in the United Kingdom relates to the end of 1973, when it was about 11,507,000. Membership of unions not affiliated to the TUC is not separately assessed, but the TUC quoted membership of its affiliated unions as 10,000,401 at December 1973. My right hon. Friend has no arrangements for regular consultations with representatives of unions not affiliated to the TUC, but considers representations made by them on particular matters.