HC Deb 19 November 1997 vol 301 c194W
Mr. Cox

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the policy of her Department in respect of the membership of trade unions for those in employment; and if he will make a statement.[14342]

Mr. Ian McCartney

[holding answer 13 November 1997]The Government considers that employees should be free to belong, or not to belong, to trade unions and, where a majority of a relevant workforce vote for it in a ballot, unions should be recognised for collective bargaining purposes. My Department will be publishing a White Paper on fairness at work, and principally on union recognition, in the first part of next year.