§ 38. Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Secretary for Mines if any countries have applied the draft convention adopted by the last session of the International Labour Office, limiting hours of work in coal mines; and if he can state which countries at the present, time have a working day of seven and a-half hours or more on the British method of calculation?
§ Mr. SHINWELL
The draft convention regarding hours of work in coal mines was not adopted at the last International Labour Conference, as it narrowly failed to secure the two-thirds majority necessary for adoption. According to the latest figures published by the International Labour Office, the European countries which work eight hours bank to bank—the equivalent of seven and a-half hours on the British method of calculation—or more are Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland.