§ 25. Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what steps she is now taking, in view of the recent agreement with the Trades Union Congress, to obtain accurate statistics of days lost through unofficial strikes, and in particular days 279W lost through official lock-outs and shutdowns because of the non-availability of materials from factories subject to official or unofficial strikes.
§ Mr. Hattersley
When a stoppage occurs in one establishment, there are formidable practical difficulties in getting accurate statistics of the consequential loss of working time in other establishments. They were explained in my Department's evidence to the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers Associations. An estimate of such stoppages is made in respect of the motor industry, which is particularly affected.