HC Deb 12 March 1936 vol 309 cc2339-40W

asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the high percentage of overtime recently worked in the North Derbyshire coalfield, he is aware that mechanical breakages in mechanised mines elongate the shift working, and frequently the period of breakage is not regarded as part of the 7½-hour day, resulting in extra work being done without payment; and will he consider giving instructions that, when the time expires, men must leave their work except in cases of extreme urgency, and that full rates shall be paid for extra time worked?

Captain WALLACE (Parliamentary Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

I have been asked by my hon. and gallant Friend to say that the notice given has been insufficient to enable this question to be answered to-day. Perhaps the hon. Member would be good enough to put it down again next week.