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Trade Unions: Audit

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what means the Certification Officer scrutinises annual returns from trade unions. (179233)

The Certification Officer's staff examine all annual returns received from trade unions to ensure that they meet the statutory requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how the Certification Officer audits trade unions. (178991)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: The Certification Officer does not audit trade unions. Trade unions are required to submit to the Certification Officer annual returns relating to their affairs which must contain certain accounts. The accounts in the annual return must be audited. There are specific statutory provisions as to who can carry out this audit.