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Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what (a) facilities and (b) staff time (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies provide to trade union staff representatives of Unite; and at what annual cost to his Department. (323960)

The Department for Transport has staff represented by Unite at the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA).

In relation to VOSA:

(a) Unite staff have access to and use of the same standard office facilities as other staff

(b) 129 days (equal to 0.59 full-time equivalent) were allocated in year 2009-10

The estimated salary costs were £15,400 for 2009-10

GCDA allow official trade union representatives paid time off to carry out union duties relating to GCDA and relevant training to carry out official duties. GCDA can provide further information relating to annual costs only at disproportionate cost.