Ministry of Agriculture (Overtime Pay).

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

asked the Minister of Agriculture the amount of overtime paid in his Department for the last month for which figures are available, and has any improvement been made in the peace-time system of checking overtime to ensure that the worker has fully worked 100 per cent. in his ordinary time before working overtime?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

The amount of overtime paid in January, the latest month for which figures are now available, was £4,365. All possible steps are taken now, as in peace-time, to prevent overtime being worked unnecessarily.

Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

In view of the large amount of overtime that is paid, should not the Minister introduce some special system of checking overtime?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

I should have thought that there is a very small amount of overtime.