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Trade Unions: Fees and Charges

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will instruct (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer to raise public awareness of the right of trade union members to opt out of the trade union political levy in trade unions which have political funds. (198072)

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform raises awareness of the right to opt out of a trade union political fund via a publication entitled ‘Trade union political funds: a guide for trade unions, their members and others’ which is freely available on the Departments website.

The Certification Officer is an independent office holder appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out specific statutory functions which are set out in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 Act. The Secretary of State does not instruct the Certification Officer in the performance of his functions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has issued on the application of cooling-off periods to the sale of trade union membership. (198078)

Neither the Department nor the Certification Officer has produced guidance on the application of cooling-off periods when people become trade union members.