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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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to conclude a partnership agreement with the trade unions representing the staff in her Department. [117458]

Work on a partnership agreement is well in hand. Senior managers and the Department's Trade Union Side have met on several occasions to discuss partnership working in the Department and the Agencies. A further meeting is scheduled to discuss a draft policy document and subject to it being mutually acceptable we anticipate a partnership agreement will be concluded.