§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Minister for Energy what he estimates, for each week since 1st January, has been the total extra administrative cost and any other organisational costs involved in carrying out the regulations covering the three-day working week or otherwise making the changes required for this purpose; and what are the main components of each of the costs for each of these weeks.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
To give a quantitative answer would involve disproportionate expense. The administrative costs of the emergency have been substantial, though small relative to the loss of output occasioned by the dispute in the mining industry.