§ 1. Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has been furnished with reports as to the extent of absenteeism in munition factories since the introduction of week-end and other forms of overtime working?
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)
I have no statistics on this matter. It is evident, however, that undue exhaustion, which is one of the causes of absenteeism, must be prevented if production is to be maintained at the maximum, and in order to secure this I am issuing immediately some notes for guidance on "Hours of Work and Maximum Production" to give an indication of the kind of adjustment in the hours of work that should be made. I will have copies placed in the Vote Office as soon as they are available.
§ Mr. Robert Gibson
Is it clear that there is not as much absenteeism as among landlords and plural farmers?
§ Mr. Bevin
I would remind the hon. Member that very often, if men took the Saturday or Sunday off, they might, by that very act, hold up the delivery of aircraft or other things which were needed for the Forces the very next day. The question of when and how they take their time off is one for the management and the union concerned.