§ Mr. Boston
asked the Minister of Transport (1) what action has been taken by her Department to help reduce overcrowding on commuter train services by 649W encouraging greater staggering of working hours in the London area; (2) what further steps she proposes to take to help reduce overcrowding on commuter train services by encouraging greater staggering of working hours in the London area; (3) how many employees in each of the past five years have been brought into arrangements to stagger working hours in the London area; and what progress is being made to encourage the greater use of staggered working hours.
§ Mrs. Castle
My Department has long been encouraging the staggering of hours in London and established the London Staggering of Hours Committee and the associated zone committees for this. My Department and several other Government offices have set an example in this matter by staggering their hours of work. I will write to my hon. Friend about the figures for the last five years.
The Greater London Council has recently announced that it proposes to attack the problem of encouraging further staggering; and my new Transport Co-ordinating Council for London will be in a good position to help them.