HC Deb 21 August 1940 vol 364 cc1339-40W
Mr. Joel

asked the Secretary of State for India whether full use is being made of the railway shops in India for the manufacture of munitions; whether he can state the hours worked for each seven-day week; and whether a two-shift system has been introduced anywhere in India?

Mr. Amery

Railway shops in India are not yet being used to the fullest extent possible for the manufacture of munitions, but the Government of India have the matter under consideration. The normal hours in railway workshops engaged on railway work are 44–48 per seven-day week, with overtime up to approximately 10 hours a week in certain cases. All ordnance factories are working double or treble shifts, and same is true of many civil firms employed on munitions production.