§ Mr. Welsh
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that employment rights under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 are to be honoured by the successful purchaser of Forward Catering Services; if the Astra clause will be included as a condition of sale; and if he will make a statement.577W
§ Mr. Nelson
The four companies which have been short listed as prospective purchasers of Forward understand that TUPE will apply to this transfer. All have indicated that they would be willing to give an undertaking to staff about their redundancy entitlements, although it was made clear that that would not be a condition of sale.