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Trade Unions

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many days staff of (a) her Department, (b) the Charity Commission and (c) the Central Office of Information spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate she has made of the annual cost to the public purse of such activity. (320619)

The following number of staff days have been allocated as trade union facility time for 2009-10:

(a) The Cabinet Office: 250 days.

(b) The Charity Commission: 188 days.

(c) The Central Office of Information: 55 days.

The annual cost of trade union activity for each organisation is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.