§ Mr. Ashton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will allow facilities for trade union recruitment and organisation on the premises of her Department during hours in which cleaners are employed.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Facilities for trade union recruitment and organisation are granted to recognised unions in respect of civil servants. My Department is not responsible for such arrangements in respect of employees of contractors; but if any contractor asks for help in providing similar facilities on my Department's premises in respect of his employees who work there, I will consider his request.