Trade Union Bill:Written question - HL5396

Asked on: 25 January 2016
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Trade Union Bill
To ask Her Majesty’s Government which special advisers have had access to drafts of the impact assessment for the Trade Union Bill.
Answered by: Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Answered on: 04 February 2016

The Government has published detailed Impact Assessments for the Bill - on the Trade Union Bill, on the Reporting of Facility Time in the Public Sector, and on the Prohibition on Deduction of Union Subscriptions from Wages in the Public Sector. At a meeting with Peers in December, Ministers committed to publishing prior to the Lords Committee stage of the Bill, and they were published in good time on 21 January.

The Trade Union Bill's impact assessment has been subject to scrutiny by the independent Regulatory Policy Committee, and its opinion has been published alongside the impact assessment.

They were reviewed and approved by the relevant Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary has been kept informed of progress on all stages of the Bill.

Policy officials and analysts in both Departments have worked together to produce the impact assessments as quickly as possible while ensuring that the analysis was thorough.

We have not asked civil servants working on the Bill in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office to fill out time sheets.

We do not record which particular documents each special adviser reads. Special advisers have access to departmental papers in line with the Special Advisers' Code of Conduct and provide advice to Ministers.

I am placing copies of the relevant documentation in the Library.

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