§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received concerning the deadline for staff of the Export Credits Guarantee Department to opt to remain in the civil service or to join the to-be-privatised company taking over the present work of the Insurance Services Group.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
One from the hon. Member for Gateshead, East (Ms. Quin) and one from the ECGD Whitley council, Cardiff trades union side.
On 4 September full information on the proposed terms and conditions of employment and the structure of the privatised company was made available to ECGD staff, who were asked to express a firm preference by 4 October. All but a few of them had done so by that date. About 500 permanent staff and 80 casual staff have expressed a preference to join the privatised company.