Manufacturing Industries (Overtime)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford 12:00 am, 20th July 1964

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the average overtime per operative worked in all manufacturing industries for the week ended 31st May, 1964, compared with the average for the years 1963, 1962, and 1961.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

The average number of hours overtime worked per operative in all manufacturing industries for week ended 16th May, 1964, the only date in May for which information is available, was 2·6 hours, compared with annual averages of 23 hours, 2·2 hours and 2·3 hours for 1963, 1962 and 1961, respectively.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford

Are those figures not a clear indication of the way in which the basic working hours have gone down continuously in the last few years, during which time we have been in office?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

It is perfectly true that the basic working hours have gone down, and I welcome the fact that this has been done through freely negotiated agreements.