AS TO THE ADMISSIBILITY OF

Application No. 12519/86
by M.A. and 39 Others
against the United Kingdom


        The European Commission of Human Rights sitting in private on
13 July 1987, the following members being present:


                    MM. C.A. NØRGAARD, President
                        J.A. FROWEIN, First Vice-President
                        S. TRECHSEL, Second Vice-President
                        F. ERMACORA
                        E. BUSUTTIL
                        A.S. GÖZÜBÜYÜK
                        A. WEITZEL
                        J.C. SOYER
                        H.G. SCHERMERS
                        H. DANELIUS
                        G. BATLINER
                   Mrs  G.H. THUNE
                   Sir  Basil HALL
                   MM.  F. MARTINEZ
                        C.L. ROZAKIS
                   Mrs  J. LIDDY

                   Mr.  H.C. KRÜGER, Secretary to the Commission


        Having regard to Article 25 of the Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;

        Having regard to the application introduced on 28 August 1986
by M.A. and 39 Others against the United Kingdom and registered
on 27 October 1986 under file No. 12519/86;

        Having regard to the report provided for in Rule 40 of the
Rules of Procedure of the Commission;

        Having deliberated;

        Decides as follows:

THE FACTS

        The applicants, British citizens and civil servants, reside in
the United Kingdom.  Their names are set out in the schedule attached
hereto.  Before the Commission they are represented by Messrs.  Lawford
& Co., solicitors practising in London.

        The applicants rely on the facts forming the background to,
and set out in, Application No. 11603/85 by the Council of Civil
Service Unions and Others against the United Kingdom, as well as in
Application No. 12105/86, A. and M. against the United Kingdom.

        The applicants originally complained under Article 11 of the
Convention that individual employees at Government Communications
Headquarters (GCHQ) no longer have the right to belong to a trade
union.  Under Article 13 they alleged that there was no effective
remedy under domestic law in respect of the alleged breach of Article 11.


PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COMMISSION

        The application was introduced on 28 August 1986 and
registered on 27 October 1986.

        On 20 January 1987 the Commission declared Application No.
11603/85, Council of Civil Service Unions and Others against the
United Kingdom, inadmissible.

        On 27 April 1987 the applicants informed the Secretary that
they did not wish to pursue their application.

REASONS FOR THE DECISION

        The Commission notes that the applicants do not wish to pursue
their application.  It finds no reasons of a general character
affecting the observance of the Convention which necessitate the
further retention of this case.  Accordingly, the Commission accedes
to the applicants' request to withdraw their application.

        For these reasons, the Commission

        DECIDES TO STRIKE THE APPLICATION OFF ITS LIST OF CASES.


Secretary to the Commission               President of the Commission


       (H.C. KRÜGER)                            (C.A. NØRGAARD)