The Electoral Commission informs me that there are no Electoral Commission staff seconded to trade unions. The Electoral Commission has internal staff representatives of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union. During 2009 these representatives requested 11 hours of paid time to attend meetings and seven paid days to attend PCS training courses relating to staff representation. The estimated cost of paid time to undertake these activities was £1,400. In addition, internal staff representatives may provide ad hoc confidential advice to their members during working time, which is not recorded.