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Police Force (Civilian Staff)

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he has any plans concerning trade union rights for civilian staff within the police force; and if he will make a statement;(2) if he has received any representations from the Association of Chief Police Officers concerning trade union rights for civilian staff within the police force.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has suggested that civilian staff working within police forces might be represented by a single union. Any such development would be a matter for the staff themselves and their local authority employers. My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans to require police civilians to belong to a single union or to restrict their trade union or bargaining rights.