Mr. G. MURRAY:100.
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?
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.