HC Deb 22 January 1974 vol 867 cc262-3W
Mr. Kershaw

asked the Minister for Energy whether he is aware that under appropriate arrangements a five-day week can produce more for less power than can a three-day week ; whether he is further aware that these circumstances apply in the cases of the exporters Listers of Dursley and Benson's International of Brimscombe ; whether he will now issue instructions that these firms be given permission to work a five-day week, provided the Midlands Electricity Board can provide the power within its allocation ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Emery

Both these firms applied for special treatment to the DTI regional office at Bristol and they have been granted continuous working for a substantial part of their process.

Mr. Bray

asked the Minister for Energy if he will extend the same fuel and lighting concessions now being given to certain trade unions to professional, trade, employers and other associations with which the former have regular contact or negotiate.

Mr. Emery

Such concessions have already been extended to trade unions and professional, employer and other associations where they are essential for dealing with matters arising from the present emergency, and only for the matters so arising. Applications should be made to the appropriate regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry.