§ 101. Mr. Hargreaves
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the recorded figures of workpeople temporarily stopped do not reflect the true position; that most of the short-time working in the city of Carlisle occurs at the end of each week; and if he will consider recording the figures on other week-days.
§ Sir W. Monckton
These figures do not purport to give the number of workers76W who are temporarily stopped at any time in a week, but the numbers temporarily stopped on a particular day. For this purpose Monday is as good as any other day over the country as a whole, though in Carlisle at the moment a higher figure would be obtained by a count on Friday. To take the count every day of the week would involve a disproportionate amount of staff time. Returns are obtained, however, at quarterly intervals showing the number of workers on short-time in the manufacturing industries.