§ Mr. Golding
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will state the average number of hours worked each week in Great Britain by male manual workers, and the estimated increase in these hours following the reduction in tax of 6d. in the £.
§ Mr. Bryan
In October, 1969, the latest date for which figures are available, the average hours worked per week by men manual workers aged 21 years and over in the United Kingdom were 46.5.
Hours of work are affected by many factors. Forecasts of future changes in hours following a reduction in income tax cannot be based on recent experience because there have been few instances when income tax has been reduced.