§ 33. Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will consult trade union leaders about problems associated with contracting out of the political levy.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The Government are aware that the proportion of members contracting out is generally rather small. The independent certification officer, who has responsibility for the administration of the Trade Union Act 1913 has not in his annual reports pointed to any problems that necessitate my immediate involvement.
The Government have no present plans to amend the Act but will, of course, consider any representations on the subject that may come from any quarter.