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Written Question
Attorney General: Trade Unions
29 Jan 2020

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Attorney General, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in his Department to bargaining information as set out in Section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Answered by Michael Ellis

This answer is in respect of the Attorney General’s Office, the Government Legal Department, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.

The introduction of GDPR has not affected the rights of unions in the organisations above in relation to bargaining information provided under section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.


Written Question
Attorney General: Pay
29 Jan 2020

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety representatives will not be set against facility time allowed under existing arrangements.

Answered by Michael Ellis

This part of the response is in relation to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Government Legal Department (GLD), and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).

The three organisations above, and Government more widely, recognise that there are significant benefits to both employers and employees when organisations and unions work together effectively to deliver high quality public services. Whilst facility time within the public sector must be accountable and represent value for money, departments have an obligation to provide reasonable paid time off to recognised trade union representatives to undertake trade union duties. This includes paid time off for safety representatives as set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code.

In line with the legislative obligation, set out in the Trade Union Act (2016), information relating to facility time for relevant union officials is published annually by GLD, with facility time defined by that Act as including time off taken by a relevant union official that is permitted by the official’s employer, including where this arises under “regulations made under section 2(4) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The Serious Fraud Office (whose HR service is independent of the other Law Officer’s Departments) Facility Time Agreement allows for paid time off for health and safety representatives but that time off is set against the overall level of facility time agreed between the employer and the 3 recognised trade unions.


Written Question
Attorney General: Brexit
14 Jan 2019

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the additional staff required by his Department in the event that the UK leaves the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal.

Answered by Robert Buckland

The Attorney General’s Office, a small ministerial department, is recruiting four staff members (full time equivalent) specifically to support EU Exit in 2019/20 if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal. This is in addition to the work ongoing from existing resources.


Written Question
Attorney General: Staff
14 Jan 2019

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Attorney General, how many staff were employed in his Department on (a) 20 December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2016.

Answered by Robert Buckland

The table below shows the number of staff employed by the Attorney General’s Office on 20 December 2018 and 23 June 2016 respectively:

Employment Type

23 June 2016

20 December 2018

Permanent

15

16

Fixed Term

1

1

Loan In

24

24

Secondment In

3

5

Agency Worker

0

1

Total

43

47


Written Question
Attorney General: Universal Credit
29 Oct 2018

Questioner: Chris Stephens (SNP - Glasgow South West)

Question

To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department in receipt of universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Robert Buckland

Neither the Attorney General’s Office nor the Law Officers Departments collate information on staff in receipt of universal credit.