§ 20. Mr. Scott-Hopkins
asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what estimate he has made of changes in output and productivity in manufacturing industry as a result of the introduction of British Standard Time.
Mr. Alan Williams
As I explained on 19th December, a few months' experience does not provide a valid basis for a firm assessment.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
Surely the Under-Secretary must have figures of any increase or decrease available. Is it not painfully obvious that this absurd experiment should come to an end as soon as possible?
I am afraid that the information is not available, and could not possibly be available. We would first have to take into account whether this was a typical winter and, secondly, the transitional arrangements that industry, and particularly the construction industry, has to undertake to accommodate to a new situation.