§ 12. Lady Olga Maitland
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the causes of Britain's current industrial relations situation.
§ Lady Olga Maitland
How many working days were lost through strikes last year, and how does that figure 138 compare with the one for 1979? How does Britain's strike record compare with that of the rest of the European Union?
§ Mr. Paice
Last year only 0.26 million working days were lost in only 178 stoppages. As has already been said this afternoon, that constitutes less than 1 per cent. of the 1979 figure and it is much lower than the averages of the 1970s and 1980s. Our record has been below the European average for the past nine years.
The Labour party has failed to tell the House which reforms it would get rid of if it had the chance to do so. What will be the price of buying off the Transport and General Workers vote on clause IV?
§ Madam Speaker
We have made abysmally slow progress with Employment questions owing to a combination of factors, such as long answers, long quotes, long questions and far too much noise. Let us make up for that now.