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Staff Union Duties

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his 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. [106769]

The Ministry of Defence does not record paid time off for trade union duties by days but by percentage of their overall work time. The following table shows the number of employees who are allowed paid time off for trade union activities, the percentage of their time allowed and the cost during 2001–02.

Number of TU representatives
Percentage
2001–020–1011–4950–99100TotalCost (£)
Industrials33511722215151,118,327
Non-Industrials63312523338142,355,010
We do not collect the information for trade union representatives in the Service Museums which are non-departmental public bodies.