§ Sir H. CROFT
asked the President of the Board of Trade what, is the total number of working days lost through strikes and lock-outs in Great Britain during the years 1920 to 1923, inclusive; and what. is the number similarly lost in France, Italy and the United States?
§ Mr. SHAW
I have been asked to reply. The approximate numbers of working days lost by trade disputes, so far as reported to the Ministry of Labour in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923 were approximately 26½, millions, 86 millions, 20 millions and 10 millions respectively. The figures relate only to days lost at the establishments where the disputes occurred, and no figures are available as to days lost at establishments other than those directly affected by the disputes. Disputes involving less than 10 work-people and those lasting less than one day, are not included in these figures unless the aggregate duration (i.e., the number of workpeople involved, multiplied by the number of working days) exceeds 100 days. Of the foreign countries referred to, particulars are available in regard to Italy only. In 1920 the loss amounted approximately to 31 million working days, in 1921 to 9 million, and in 1922 to 7 million; data for 1923 are not yet published.1813W