§ Mr. Fatchett
asked the Paymaster General what steps he has taken to monitor the arrangements for the political fund ballots held under the Trade Union Act 1984; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The Certification Officer, an independent statutory officer, is responsible for approving the rules under which political fund ballots are conducted. I observe the working of the arrangements as reported in the press and other published material.