HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 cc2807-8W

asked the Secretary for Mines to what he attributes the reduction in the output of coal during the year 1922, as compared with the year 1913, by 36 tons per person employed?

Lieut.-Colonel LANE-FOX:

The two salient differences between 1913 and 1922 are, first, that 1913 was a year of exceptionally good trade and regular employment, whereas 1922 was a year of exceptionally bad trade and irregular employment, and secondly, that in 1922 the working day was shorter than in 1913. I have no means of estimating the comparative weight of these two factors as causes of a reduction in the output per person employed.

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