Excessive Hours (Absenteeism)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 20 April 1944.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has noted the recent Report of the Industrial Health Research Board of the Medical Research Council, which indicates that there is an increase in absenteeism and a decline in production in cases where men work for more than 60 and women 55 hours per week; whether he intends taking any action in the matter and especially that no prosecution shall be instituted by his Department against a worker for absenteeism where it is proved that he has been working for more than those number of hours.