HC Deb 19 December 1946 vol 431 c2162
50. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give an estimate of the number of working days lost in 1946 by the promotion of mid-week football matches and other similar entertainments.

Mr. Isaacs

I am afraid I have no information on which to base an estimate.

Colonel Hutchison

Does the Minister not think, in view of the general need for production, that representations by him to promoters of this sort of enterprise should be made with a view to their being restricted?

Mr. Rankin

Would the Minister also consider covering golf matches, cricket matches, picture houses, racing and theatres in his investigation?

Mr. Isaacs

It is because I have no information upon which to estimate what is happening that I hesitate to take any steps at all. I think it is right to say that we ought not unnecessarily to interfere with the pleasures of the people, otherwise, we might interfere with Question time.