HC Deb 20 October 1942 vol 383 cc1828-9
43. Major Lloyd

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the degree of avoidable absenteeism on overtime expressed as overall percentages during the months of July, August and September, 1942, respectively, in the shipyards on the Clyde?

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Captain Pilkington)

As some shipbuilding firms on the Clyde do not keep detailed records of absenteeism, I am unable to give comprehensive figures for the avoidable absenteeism on overtime for the whole of the Clyde shipyards, but with the hon. and gallant Member's permission I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving what information is available, and including figures for absenteeism in normal working hours during the same periods.

Major Lloyd

Cannot arrangements be made for some of the worst offenders in this connection to travel on one of our convoys to Russia so that they could learn at first hand how Russia deals with this difficult question?

Mr. Maxton

Will the Minister tell me how it is that, if no details are kept in this matter, so many sweeping charges are made against the men?

Captain Pilkington

The details are kept for a very large number of firms, but not for ah of them.

Following is the statement:

Percentages of Absenteeism.
Four weeks ending:
7 Aug. 1942 4 Sept. 1942 2 Oct. 1942
Adult Males:
Normal working hours 5.1 3.6 3.4
Weekday overtime 22.0 18.1 21.2
Sunday overtime 9.1 7.4 8.2
Youths and Boys:
Normal working hours 7.5 6.0 4.9
Weekday overtime 40.0 32.5 36.0
Sunday overtime 20.0 14.7 15.0
Normal working hours 8.7 7.0 5.3
Weekday overtime 25.5 16.8 18.4
Sunday overtime 12.1 8.7 8.4

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