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Trade Unions

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission whether any staff of the Electoral Commission are seconded to trade unions; how many days staff of the Electoral Commission spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate has been made of the annual cost to the public purse of such activity. (320673)

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.