HC Deb 11 February 1942 vol 377 c1528
54. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Supply whether he has considered the working of a factory in Nottingham whereby machines are used continuously for 168 hours a week; and whether he proposes to put this plan into operation in other factories?

The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)

I understand the hon. Member has in mind a scheme which has been worked out by a firm in Nottingham for a carefully-planned system of shift-working. I have received details which he kindly sent me and I will have the system fully examined.

Mr. Higgs

Is the Minister aware that there is insufficient labour to manage existing factories for 48 hours per week, let alone for 168 hours per week?