§ 1. Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any information as to the increase or decrease in the overtime worked in any industry in this country?
§ 14. Mr. LAWSON
asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to ascertain the extent of overtime worked throughout industry?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Ernest Brown)
The Department's information as to the extent of overtime worked is limited to particulars supplied by some firms in the wool textile, boot and shoe, pottery and brick industries, who furnish voluntary returns relating to the state of employment at their works in one week of each month. This information is summarised regularly in the "Ministry of Labour Gazette."
§ Mr. DAVIES
Will the right hon. Gentleman keep his eye on the problem whether excessive overtime is not detrimental to the absorption of unemployed workers?
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are complaints in all the coal-mining areas about the excessive overtime that is being worked?
§ Sir PERCY HARRIS
Could not the right hon. Gentleman collect, through the machinery of the Employment Exchanges, or through the employers and trade unions concerned, some fairly accurate information on this most important matter?
§ Mr. LAWSON
Are we to take it that the only information that the right hon. Gentleman has on this matter is obtained from the employers?