Oral Answers to Questions — Production – in the House of Commons on 14th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

asked the Minister of Production what investigation is taking place into the effects on production of absenteeism due to all causes?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

My right hon. Friends the Supply Ministers pay constant attention to the question of absenteeism, in common with all other factors affecting production. The closest examination is given to particular cases where the degree of absenteeism appears to be greater than normal, and all possible steps are taken to remove the contributory causes. My hon. Friend will, however, realise that absenteeism varies greatly with local circumstances and, therefore, it does not lend itself to corrective measures of a general character.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Is it not grossly unfair that a man in one of the Services who absents himself while on leave may be dealt with, and is dealt with, severely by his commanding officer and possibly by court-martial, whereas a man of the same age who lives in his house comfortably and who carries on his peace-time work is not dealt with at all if he absents himself?

Photo of Sir Frank Sanderson Sir Frank Sanderson , Ealing

Is it not a fact that munitions production per man and woman in this country is higher than in any other country, and it is not about time that we gave credit where credit is due, to our great army of workers?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Would it not be wise that this question of absenteeism should be dropped by the Members who do not attend here regularly themselves?