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Political Levy

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 66W, on the political levy, whether the Certification Officer has provided guidance on this issue. (250360)

The Certification Officer has not provided guidance on this specific issue. However, in his “Guide to political fund review ballots” he states that

“The Act is silent as to whether the ballot paper may be accompanied by an explanatory statement, a recommendation or other literature. However, unions should be aware of the requirement that members must be able to vote without interference or constraint.”