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Partnership Agreements

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to conclude a partnership agreement with the trade unions representing the staff in his Department. [117457]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently has no specific plans to conclude a formal "partnership agreement". Instead, the relationship the Department has with its Trade Union Side (TUS) operates in a spirit of partnership in which the TUS is given the opportunity to comment at an early stage in the development of all policies affecting the Department's staff.