§ 1. Mr. CHARLES BROWN
asked the Secretary for Mines the number of hours of overtime worked on conveyor faces in the following collieries of the Mansfield district, Rufford, Clipstone, Blidworth, and Ollerton, during the month of January, 1933; and for what reasons the overtime was worked?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Dr. Burgin)
The Secretary for Mines is in Geneva, and I have been asked to reply. The number of hours of overtime worked on conveyor faces during January at the collieries in question was as follows:
In all cases the overtime was stated to be due to causes within the scope of Section 1 (2) of the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1908. These causes were aggravated by the influenza epidemic.
- Rufford Colliery, 495 hours, or 8 per cent, of total time worked.
- Clipstone Colliery, 780 hours, or 9 per cent, of total time worked.
- Blidworth Colliery, 285 hours, or 3.5 per cent, of total time worked.
- Ollerton Colliery, 1,515 hours, or 7.3 per cent, of total time worked.
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
Will the hon. Gentleman also point out to the Secretary for Mines that overtime is increasing at all collieries where machines are being used; and does he not think that, wherever overtime can be avoided, it ought to be avoided, in order to employ a larger number of men?
§ Dr. BURGIN
I think it will be agreed that difficulties are usually experienced during a change-over from hand to machine-working.
§ Mr. McKEAG
Would the hon. Gentleman submit representations to colliery owners that overtime should be reduced, so that more men might be employed?