Industrial Action

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th July 1988.

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Photo of Mr Norman Fowler Mr Norman Fowler Secretary of State for Employment 12:00 am, 5th July 1988

I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. Last year 2·5 million working days were lost compared with an average of 13 million days a year in the 1970s, and in the manufacturing industry the average number of working days lost per employee in 1987 was almost one tenth of its 1970s average. Again, that shows the justification for and result of the Government's reform of trade union legislation.