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House of Commons Hansard
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08 March 2010
Volume 507
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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]

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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.