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Partnership Agreements

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to conclude a partnership agreement with the trade unions representing the staff in his Department. [117459]

There are plans to conclude a partnership agreement with the trade unions representing staff in my Department. Although a formal agreement has not yet been signed, my officials are in active discussion with the trade unions to finalise a meaningful agreement that supports our business. In practice, my Department and its trade unions already work together to achieve shared aims and objectives in an equal, positive and constructive relationship. The Cabinet Office/Council of Civil Service Unions 'Partnership Working in the Civil Service' agreement is available to all staff and managers through my Department's employee relations website.My Department does not have any Executive Agencies.