HC Deb 12 May 1947 vol 437 cc1087-8
65. Mr. Sparks

asked the Minister of Transport what progress has now been made in the staggering of hours of work in London offices to reduce the pressure upon transport services during the peak periods; and, in particular, what contribution Government offices are making in this direction.

Mr. Barnes

Negotiations are proceeding, and agreement has already been reached with many firms, which are making the necessary adjustments. Government offices have had staggered working hours for some years past and certain adjustments are now being considered to fit in with the general plan.

Mr. Sparks

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the population of Greater London is increasing on an average by 45,000 each month, and that by the end of this year it will be greater than the 1938 population, and that that in turn will greatly affect this peak traffic problem? Is he satisfied that arrangements are being made to meet that?

Mr. Barnes

I am aware of the increase of population, but I am not satisfied that we can make an entirely satisfactory arrangement. However, the process of encouraging the staggering of hours does help to lessen the problem

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