§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what has been the average weekly absenteeism for face workers and male surface workers respectively at National Coal Board collieries: (a) in the last four weeks, (b) in the comparable four weeks of 1973, and (c) for each of the last ten years.
§ Mr. Eadie
I have been asked to reply.
Separate details of absenteeism for face workers and male surface workers at 538W National Coal Board collieries are not readily available. Figures of precentage absenteeism overall have been published in United Kingdom Energy Statistics and in the Monthly Digest of Statistics. Overall absenteeism figures for the latest four weeks available are as follows (corresponding figures for 1973 in brackets):
per cent. Week ended 8th June 1974 … 13.0 (15.4) Week ended 1st June 1974 … 12.8 (14.6) Week ended 25th May 1974 … 13.0 (15.4) Week ended 18th May 1974 … 12.0 (14.2)