§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he hopes to introduce a revised non-industrial facilities agreement in the Civil Service; and whether he will ensure that it takes account of recommendations made in the recent Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee report on efficiency and effectiveness in the Civil Service.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
A new non-industrial facilities agreement has now been negotiated with the trade union side of the national Whitley Council and came into effect on 30 April. The agreement is defined more precisely than the previous one and provides for greater overall control and for the accountability of union representatives for their time spent on industrial relations duties and trade union activities.