HC Deb 10 May 1968 vol 764 cc160-1W
Mr. Whitaker

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what are the average British hours of work, standard and overtime, today compared with at previous five-yearly intervals for which figures are available.

Mr. Hattersley

Precise information is not available about the average amount of overtime worked, but the following table sets out certain relevant details for all full-time manual workers in the industries and Services covered by my Department's April and October enquiries:

October Average normal weekly hours Average weekly hours worked
1947 44.8 45.3
1952 44.4 46.1
1957 44.3 46.4
1962 42.1 45.1
1967 40.1 44.3