HC Deb 03 March 1987 vol 111 cc569-70W
65. Mr. Gregory

asked the Paymaster General what information he has as to which trade unions have altered their rule books to comply with the Government's trade union legislation since 1979.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave him on 11 November 1985,Official Report, columns 51–52. Since November 1985 a further seven unions had rules approved by the certification officer in order to hold political fund review ballots. These were:

  • Ceramic and Allied Trades Unions
  • Fire Brigades Union
  • General Union of Associations of Loom Overlookers
  • National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
  • National Union of Mineworkers
  • Rossendale Union of Boot Shoe and Slipper Operatives
  • Scottish Carpet Workers Union

In addition the certification officer is required to approve rules governing political funds for unions setting up new funds. He has done so in the following cases:

  • National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers
  • Inland Revenue Staff Federation
  • Broadcasting and Entertainment Trades Alliance
  • Communication Managers Association
  • National Communications Union (Clerical Group)

Unions which, since November 1985, are reported to have decided to make changes in their rule books to comply with the election provisions of part I of the Trade Union Act 1984 are:

  • National Association of Colliery Overmen Deputies and Shotfirers (Yorkshire Area)
  • General Municipal Boilermakers and Allied Trades
  • Union Inland Revenue Staff Federation
  • Union of Communication Workers
  • Banking Insurance and Finance Union
  • National Union of Railwaymen
  • Prison Officers Association
  • United Road Transport Union
  • Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers
  • National Union of Seamen
  • Association of Cinematograph Television and Allied Technicians

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