HC Deb 23 July 1935 vol 304 cc1663-4W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the attitude of the Treasury to the proposal that the State should introduce a five-clay working week for its employés?


The Royal Commission on the Civil Service 1929–31 dealt in paragraphs 604 to 606 of their report (Command Paper 3909 of 1931) with a proposal submitted to them by the staff side of the Civil Service National Whitley Council for the introduction of a five-day week. The finding of the Commission was that the evidence submitted as to outside practice did not justify the introduction of any general measure of closing of Government offices on one week day, and that, further, the proposal was impracticable in a large number of cases.


The amount applied for by way of grant was £11,326, and the amount paid to date is £7,360.