§ Colonel Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether the extent of absenteeism on the part of coal getters 1684W and putters in coalmines is greater on Saturdays and Mondays than on other days; and whether he will give, from recent returns obtained, the percentage of absenteeism of these grades on any Monday or Saturday during 1945.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Generally speaking, absenteeism is significantly higher on Saturdays and Mondays than during the rest of the week. In the three weeks ended 3rd November, 1945, overall absenteeism by coal face workers on shifts from Friday night to Monday afternoon inclusive (about two shifts per man) averaged half-a-shift, whereas, for the rest of the week (about four shifts per man) it averaged two-thirds of a shift.