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Staff Union Duties

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. [106770]

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available for the financial year 2002–03, is in the table:

Department for Work and Pensions
Agency/BodyFull-time post allocation1Approximate costs2(£)
Corporate Centre15.94331.000
Jobcentre Plus240.764,998,800
The Pension Service8166,100
Child Support Agency28.5591,700
Other21.25441,200
Total314,456528,800
1 This is not necessarily equivalent to the number of union officials because some officials are part time and some union posts are not filled.
2 The figures rounded to the nearest one hundred pounds, have been calculated using average, not actual, salaries.