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Trades Union Congress

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development whether any part of the £75,000 given by her Department to the Trades Union Congress out of funds available for overseas aid can be used by members of the Trades Union Congress for travel to foreign countries and for accommodation of those members of the Trades Union Congress in those countries.

asked the Minister of Overseas Development under what circumstances £75,000 from the funds allocated to overseas aid has been given in the current year to the British Trades Union Congress; and if she will make a statement.

This grant is being provided to enable the TUC to help the development of trade unions in developing countries through the training of trade unionists.

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what recent talks she has had, or members of her Department have had, regarding the spending of the £75,000 grant made by her Department to the Trades Union Congress, with members of the Trades Union Congress.

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary is in touch from time to time with members of the Trades Union Congress about the spending of the grant, and my officials are in regular contact with them about it.

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what plans her Department has to give money from overseas aid funds to the Trades Union Congress. further to the £75,000 given by her Department to the Trades Union Congress in the current year.

I propose to provide further grants of up to £75,000 given by the Department to the Trades Union Congress in the next two financial years.

asked the Minister of Overseas Development for what precise purpose her Department has given £75,000 from funds available for overseas aid to the Trades Union Congress.

The purposes of the grant are set out in the memorandum governing the grant, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if she will place in the Library details of the contract between her Department and the Trades Union Congress under which her Department has given £75,000 out of funds available for overseas aid to the Trades Union Congress.

A copy of the memorandum governing the use of the grant was placed in the Library of the House on 25th November.

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if she will list the names of all persons, and the countries from which they come, who have come to the United Kingdom, at the invitation of the Trades Union Congress, paid for by money from the £75,000 given by her Department to the Trades Union Congress.

No. I would think it wrong to publish names, though I am ready to write to the hon. Member if he wishes. The countries from which the TUC has provided training in the United Kingdom under the grant, and the number of persons in each case, are as follows:

Cyprus Workers ConfederationFour
Kenya Central Organisation of Trades UnionsOne
Barbados Workers UnionOne
The aim is to help organisations rather than individuals. Selection for training is, therefore, based on nominations by the workers' organisations concerned.