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Trade Unions

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days staff of her Department and its agencies 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. (320664)

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.