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Departmental Trade Unions

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which trades unions represent members of staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies. (212489)

There are currently three trade unions recognised in my Department and its agencies and who represent members of my staff. They are the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which has a membership of around 1,240 staff (about 46 per cent.) with the FDA representing around 160 senior staff (about 6 per cent.); and Prospect, representing a small number of specialists such as information officers, economists, statisticians and accountants.