Oral Answers to Questions — Clyde Shipyards (Absenteeism)

– in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Major Lloyd:

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the degree of avoidable absenteeism on overtime expressed as overall percentages during the months of July, August and September, 1942, respectively, in the shipyards on the Clyde?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

As some shipbuilding firms on the Clyde do not keep detailed records of absenteeism, I am unable to give comprehensive figures for the avoidable absenteeism on overtime for the whole of the Clyde shipyards, but with the hon. and gallant Member's permission I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving what information is available, and including figures for absenteeism in normal working hours during the same periods.

Major Lloyd:

Cannot arrangements be made for some of the worst offenders in this connection to travel on one of our convoys to Russia so that they could learn at first hand how Russia deals with this difficult question?

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Will the Minister tell me how it is that, if no details are kept in this matter, so many sweeping charges are made against the men?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

The details are kept for a very large number of firms, but not for ah of them.

Following is the statement:

Percentages of Absenteeism.
Four weeks ending:
7 Aug. 19424 Sept. 19422 Oct. 1942
Adult Males:
Normal working hours5·13·63·4
Weekday overtime22·018·121·2
Sunday overtime9·17·48·2
Youths and Boys:
Normal working hours7·56·04·9
Weekday overtime40·032·536·0
Sunday overtime20·014·715·0
Normal working hours8·77·05·3
Weekday overtime25·516·818·4
Sunday overtime12·18·78·4