Disputes (Lost Working Days)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th October 1949.

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Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North 12:00 am, 20th October 1949

asked the Minister of Labour how many working days have been lost through industrial disputes since the end of the war; and how many were lost during the comparable period after the 1914–18 war.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

The number of working days lost through industrial disputes causing stoppage of work from V.E. day to the end of September, 1949, was approximately 10¼ million. In the corresponding period after 1914–18 war, the number was nearly 170 million.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

Do not the figures Oven by the right hon. Gentleman make all the more blameworthy the mess which the Government are making of the economic position?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

If it is blameworthy so to arrange industrial conditions in this country to prevent people coming out on strike, we accept the blame.

Mr. H. D. Hughes:

Could my right hon. Friend say how many inches of space per man-hour lost are being given by the Press compared with the space given after the first war?

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

How many of these strikes were unofficial? How many hours were taken up purely by unofficial strikes?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

That I could not say without notice, and even then it would not be a complete check-up.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Can my right hon. Friend give the corresponding figures for official and unofficial strikes for the same period in the United States?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

No, Sir, I could not, but I think they would show a rather startling difference.

Vice-Admiral Taylor:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these two periods are not in any way comparable?