HC Deb 16 December 1974 vol 883 c321W
Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many working days were lost per 1,000 employed, during the period from January to June 1974, in each of the member countries of the EEC.

Mr. John Fraser

The following table gives the available information.

I regret that comparable figures are not available for Ireland and Denmark.

It should be borne in mind that there may be differences in the concepts, definitions and methodology employed in the various countries in recording industrial disputes:

Days lost through industrial disputes per 1,000 employees in period January-June 1974
Country Days(a)
United Kingdom 355
Belgium 119
France 130
Germany 47
Italy 526
Luxembourg 0
Netherlands 1

Sources: Original Six EEC Countries—General Statistics No. 10/1974. United Kingdom-Department of Employment Gazette.

Notes: (a) Days lost derived from days lost through industrial disputes—period January-June 1974 by employees in employment 1973 annual average. March 1974 employees in employment figure has been used for the United Kingdom.