§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a table showing the proportion of members of each trade union with a membership of 100,000 or more who have contracted out of the political levy; and what representations he has received recommending the replacement of contracting out by contracting in.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The information may be ascertained from appendix 5 of the certification officer's annual report for 1978, which has been published and is also available in the Library. I have received about a dozen letters from individuals suggesting that the statutory rights to give notice of objection to contributing to a political fund should be replaced by a provision that a member 299W wishing to pay the levy must formally state his desire to do so.