§ Mr. Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will reconsider his policy on trade union membership at Government communications headquarters, Cheltenham.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The Government remain convinced that membership of national civil service trade unions is incompatible with employment at GCHQ. However, we remain ready to listen to any proposals the Council of Civil Service Unions may have for alternative arrangements which would meet the Government's operational aims.