§ 12. Mr. Duncan-Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how she will strengthen the rights of individuals, in the field of employment law, in accordance with citizens charter proposals.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
We intend to introduce legislation to give individuals new rights to restrain unlawfully organised industrial action in the public and 139 private sectors. In addition, the legislation will ensure that individuals' consent is required before deductions for trades union subscriptions are made from their pay and will give individuals greater freedom to belong to the union of their choice.
§ Mr. Duncan-Smith
May I take this opportunity to congratulate my hon. Friend on his recent appointment? In the light of the recent report in the Sunday Mirror, in which the deputy general secretary of the National Union of Public Employees made a statement to the Labour party —"No say, no pay"—does not he think it disgraceful that he should be able to threaten the future employment—
§ Madam Speaker
Order. The hon. Gentleman's question is not relevant to the question on the Order Paper. We shall move on to the next question.