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Armed Forces: Statutory Association Body
28 November 2018
Volume 650
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7. If the Government will award armed forces personnel the right to join a statutory association body. [907804]

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With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will group this with Question 18.

Armed forces personnel are prohibited from joining any such lawful organisation. Personnel may become members of civilian trade unions and professional associations. If they are a member of a trade union, they cannot participate in any industrial action.

[Official Report, 26 November 2018, Vol. 650, c. 10.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Tobias Ellwood):

An error has been identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady).

The correct response should have been:

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With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will group this with Question 18.

Armed forces personnel are not prohibited from joining any such lawful organisation. Personnel may become members of civilian trade unions and professional associations. If they are a member of a trade union, they cannot participate in any industrial action.