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Staff Union Duties

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies receive paid leave to undertake union duties; how many days they are allocated; and what has been the cost to public funds in 2002. [106732]

In my Department and its agencies in 2002, 178 people were allocated 795.5 days. Not all the allocations were taken up. The cost of paid leave was £37,000.Information for non-departmental public bodies is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.