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Trade Unions

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Solicitor-General how many days staff of the Law Officers’ Departments 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. (320668)

No days were spent by staff members of the Attorney-General’s Office or the National Fraud Authority on trade union activity in 2008-09.

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has a Whitley council which meets quarterly and is attended by FDA and Public and Commercial Services Union representatives. Where it is necessary for union representatives to devote time to specific activities on personal cases, this is done by agreement with their line manager. No formal record is maintained.

The Serious Fraud Office does not record details on the number of days spent by staff engaged on trade union activities.

Information on the Treasury Solicitors Department (TSol) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is contained in the following table.

Department

Estimate of the number of days spent on union activities 2008-09

Estimated cost1 (£)

TSol

354

37,212

CPS2

4,068

535,915

1 These are estimates based on the average pay grade of staff involved in trade union activity.

2The CPS data includes figures for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office which merged with CPS in January 2010. 126 days were spent on trade union activities by HMRCPO officials at an estimated cost of £18,791.