§ 1 Mr. LYONS
asked the Minister of Labour (1) what are the proposals of His Majesty's Government with reference to work-sharing for the distribution of employment and the consequential decrease of continuous unemployment;
(2) whether he can now make any statement upon the practicability of the introduction of a seven-hour day or a five-day week in industry?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Oliver Stanley)
As I informed the House yesterday, I have arranged for immediate consultation with representative organisations of employers and workpeople regarding the general question of hours of work, and in this connection the particular points to which my hon. Friend refers will undoubtedly be brought under review.
§ Mr. PALING
Am I to understand from the reply of the right hon. Gentleman that the Government are definitely going to recommend to the employers the adoption of the seven-hour day and the five-day week?
§ Mr. STANLEY
No, Sir. The hon. Member must not understand something that I never said. I said that I was going to discuss, I hoped, with industries individually the possibility of the absorption of more workers by means of the shortening of hours.
§ Mr. PALING
Are we to understand from the right hon. Gentleman's statement last night that the question of discussion would be overtime? Is he going to bring up these other matters in addition? Is he going to recommend to the employers that they should adopt these other things in addition to leaving off overtime?
|Unemployed persons, resident in the Borough of West Ham, on the registers of Employment Exchanges.|
|Date.||Men aged 18 and over.||Women aged 18 and over.||Juveniles aged 14 to 17.||Total.|
|20th March, 1933||…||…||16,349||2,119||957||19,425|
|19th March, 1934||…||…||13,408||1,699||563||15,670|
|22nd October, 1934||…||…||13,001||1,350||437||14,788|