HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 c490W
57. Mr. Hayward

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many trade unions have indicated their intention to accept public money to conduct ballots of their members.

61. Mr. Brandon-Bravo

asked the Secretary of State for Employment which unions have indicated their intention to use public funds to undertake ballots of their members.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

I am informed by the certification officer that at the latest available date 28 trade unions have applied for public money since the inception of the scheme. The 28 unions, including two which are affiliated to the TUC areAmalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Engineering, Foundry & Construction Section)

  • Assistant Masters & Mistresses Association
  • Association of Education Officers
  • Association of Managerial and Professional Staffs
  • Association of Optical Practitioners Ltd
  • Association of Public Service Finance Officers
  • Association of Public Service Professional Engineers
  • Barclays Group Staff Union
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • British Medical Association
  • British Orthoptic Society
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Clearing Bank Union
  • Coventry Economic Building Society Staff Association
  • Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunication and Plumbing
  • Guinness Brewing Staff Association (UK)
  • Immigration Service Union
  • Institute of Journalists
  • Ministry of Defence Staff Association
  • National Association of Fire Officers
  • National Association of Head Teachers
  • National & Provincial Building Society Staff Association
  • Nat West Staff Association
  • Professional Association of Teachers
  • Retail Book, Stationery & Allied Trades Employees'
  • Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom
  • Society of Radiographers
  • The Society of Chiropodists

Reports in the press have suggested that a number of other TUC affiliated Unions are changing their attitude to accepting public funds for ballots. The British Airline Pilots Association has indicated that it will seek public funds for ballots and the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs and the United Road Transport Union are reported to be pressing the TUC to lift its boycott.