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Trade Unions

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days staff of his Department spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of such activity. (320617)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has one member of full-time staff allocated to undertake trade union activities. The salary of that staff member is in the range from £30,000 to £35,000 a year.

In addition, all trade union members are allowed a reasonable amount of time to attend official union meetings. DFID does not hold a central record of the total time spent on such activity.