The information is as follows:
1. The Corporate Employee Relations Framework for the Department for Work and Pensions and its agencies, which was introduced in August 2003, sets out the maximum amount of time off we will allow for trade union representatives to undertake their trade union activity.
2. The Department and its agencies allows a total resource of 0.2 per cent. of the Department’s overall whole time equivalent staffing headcount as at the 1 April each year. Out of a total of 21,134,300 staff days this was 42,460 days for the year commencing 1 June 2009 to 31 May 2010.
3. Information on the annual cost to the public purse of such activity is not available.