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Political Levy

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes were made to the regulation of political funds of Northern Ireland trades unions, during periods of direct rule from Westminster, since the Trade Union and Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 came into force. (177519)

The Secretary of State ceased to be in charge of the Northern Ireland departments on 8 May 2007 when devolution was restored and the Northern Ireland Executive took over responsibility. Papers relating to the Trade Union and Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 which provides for the regulation of political funds of trade unions in Northern Ireland are kept by the Department of Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DEL).

DEL has advised me that Part V of the 1995 Order has been changed a number of times during periods of direct rule by the following enactments: the Employment Rights (Disputes Resolution) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.1.1998/1265 (N.I.8)); the Employment Relations Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.1.1999/2790 (N.I.9)); and the Employment Relations Order (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.I.2004/3078 (N.I.19)).