§ Mr. E. Brown
So far as I am aware, the only workpeople whose weekly hours of labour, as specified in collective agreements between organisations of employers and workpeople, are 40 or less are certain classes of men engaged in newspaper printing offices in London. In the tinplate and tube industries, however, the information in my possession indicates that at many of the works the average length of the normal working week for shift workers is less than 40 hours, when intervals for meals are excluded. In some other industries in which three-shift systems are in operation, the weekly hours on afternoon and night shifts are 4o or less, but the average weekly working time, inclusive of morning shifts, is usually in excess of 40 hours.
§ Mr. Paling
If we are to wait until action for a 40-hour week is taken by agreement, how long will it take as we are going on?
§ Mr. G. White
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility and advisability of publishing the name of firms who set an example?
§ Mr. Jagger
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is in the possession of his Department many agreements for non-manual workers for a 4o-hour week or less?