Hours of Employment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Mr. G. MURRAY:

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asked the Financial Secretary to the. Treasury whether the present daily hours of employment in Government offices for the clerical grades are from ten to five; and, if this is so, whether he will, with the object of economising in the number of employés, and consequently in expenditure, consider the desirability of establishing an eight-hour day in these offices?

Photo of Mr Edward Young Mr Edward Young , Norwich

The normal hours of attendance for the general clerical classes employed in London headquarter offices are seven a day, but as I have stated in reply to previous questions these hours are frequently exceeded without extra payment. In provincial offices generally, where a large proportion of the clerical staff is employed, the normal hours of attendance are eight a day. As regards the second part of the question, decision must await action on the recommendation made on page 157 of the Third Report of the Committee on National Expenditure.

Mr. G. MURRAY:

Is the hon. Gentleman making full inquiry into the whole matter to see if it is not possible to arrange that the large number of officials of the lower grades do perform eight hours work per day?

Lieut. - Colonel WATTS - MORGAN:

Why not the higher grades too!

Photo of Mr Edward Young Mr Edward Young , Norwich

I think I replied to that question in the latter part of my answer.