Oral Answers to Questions — Factory Machines (Continuous Working).

– in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has considered the working of a factory in Nottingham whereby machines are used continuously for 168 hours a week; and whether he proposes to put this plan into operation in other factories?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I understand the hon. Member has in mind a scheme which has been worked out by a firm in Nottingham for a carefully-planned system of shift-working. I have received details which he kindly sent me and I will have the system fully examined.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Is the Minister aware that there is insufficient labour to manage existing factories for 48 hours per week, let alone for 168 hours per week?