HC Deb 16 March 1960 vol 619 c105W
Mr. Callaghan

asked the Minister of Labour how many workers have had their hours of work reduced, without loss of pay, in the years 1955 to 1959, inclusive.

Mr. Heath

The following table shows, for each of the years 1955 to 1959, inclusive, the approximate number of workpeople whose normal weekly hours were reported to the Department as having been reduced without loss of pay.

Year Estimated number of workpeople whose hours were reduced without loss of pay
1955 179,400
1956 20,600
1957 434,100
1958 348,000
1959 357,000

Of these numbers approximately 30,000 workers had a reduction of one hour in 1955 and a further reduction of one hour in 1959. The average reduction was one of nearly 2 hours.

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