HC Deb 24 February 1958 vol 583 cc1-2W
Sir W. Robson-Brown

asked the Paymaster-General, in view of the many advantages to be gained by working a five-day working week in the mining industry by cutting out Saturday working, which would have a marked effect on costly day-to-day absenteeism and would further yield an all-round improvement in operating costs together with advantages to the miners, if he will consider taking the necessary steps to eliminate Saturday working in the industry.

Mr. Maudling

Saturday working is the subject of an agreement between the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers which is renewed annually in April. I have no doubt that when it next comes up for renewal the Board will have in mind the full economic considerations including those referred to by my hon. Friend.