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Staff Union Duties

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff in the Lord Chancellor's 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. [10677]

The details for staff undertaking trade union duties is as follows:

LCD including the Court Service

108 staff undertook trade union duties during the financial year 2002—03. The number of days varied by individual from two to 203 days, at an overall salary cost of approximately £500,000.

Public Guardianship Office

13 staff undertook trade union duties during the financial year 2002—03. The number of days varied by individual from two to 220 days, at an overall salary cost of £40,730.

CAFCASS

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information Commissioner's Office

None.

Legal Services Commission

Approximately 23 staff undertook trade union duties during 2002 at an estimated total of 70 days paid leave. The approximate salary cost for this period was £4,000.

Northern Ireland Court Service

Nine staff undertook trade union duties during the financial year 2002—03 at a total of 108 days, and one member of staff was seconded to the trade union for the year, at a total salary cost of £26,499.

National Archive (Public Record Office)

One member of staff is employed 50 per cent. (115 days) of his working time as a Trade Union Side Officer. In 2002, the salary cost amounted to £8,270.

Land Registry

154 staff undertook trade union duties during the financial year 2002—03 at a total of 1,451 days. The Land Registry is a trading fund so the allocations do not draw on public funds; the costs are met from fees paid by the customers.