§ 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.