§ Mr. Bryan
3,888 industrial stoppages began in 1970, and these included 119 known to have been official. The majority of the remainder would have been unofficial. The number of working days lost was 10,970,000, an increase of 525 per cent. over the corresponding figure for 1963. All these figures are provisional.
§ Mr. Bryan
I agree with my hon. Friend's remark that the situation remains serious, and that is one reason why we are introducing the Industrial Relations Bill. As for comparisons with other countries, those are confusing and it is better to compare our own record past and present and try to improve it.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
Could the hon. Gentleman divide the period into two to show clearly that there has been an increase since the Conservative Party took power and a further increase since the Chancellor of the Exchequer's minibudget last autumn?
§ Sir G. Nabarro
Is my hon. Friend aware that I am now fortified in endurance displayed in walking through the Lobbies 146 times in support of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment, and that I commend him for his righteousness, resting on the figure of 525 per cent. increase in strikes in just seven years?
§ Mr. Fernyhough
Although the hon. Gentleman is rightly concerned about the fact that 10 million working days were lost last year, does he appreciate that in 1971, because of the stubbornness of the Government, the situation is likely to become much worse? Has he taken into account the 5 million days lost already in the Post Office strike?