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Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2632W, on trade unions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the section of his Department's staff handbook which outlines the rules for civil servants applying for (a) paid and (b) unpaid time off to engage in political activities; (250544)

(2) with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1673W, on trades unions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement with trades unions under which trades unions officers in his Department may take time off for trades' unions duties.

The rules for civil servants in the Ministry of Justice (Mo J) applying for (a) paid and (b) unpaid time off to engage in political activities is contained within the respective Special Leave policies for National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the MoJ.

The rules as to whether civil servants are allowed to take part in political activities is contained within the respective conduct policies for NOMS and the MoJ.

The agreements with the trade unions under which trade union officers may take time off for trade union duties is contained in a number of facility time agreements which are currently under review.

These documents have been placed in the Library of the House.