§ 28. Mr. James Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why he has issued instructions to his Department's officers not to issue sick certificates to trade unionist whose trade union have not registered in accordance with the Industrial Relations Act; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir K. Joseph
No fresh instructions have been issued in relation to trade unions. Section 9 of the Friendly Societies Act, 1955, limits the right to receive copies of National Insurance medical certificates to members of registered friendly societies or registered trade unions, but current practice is under review.