HC Deb 08 April 1976 vol 909 cc291-2W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will write to the 2,850 companies his Department has identified which have at one and the same time employees working short-time and employees working overtime, asking them to review working arrangements within the company.

Mr. John Fraser

In his reply to my hon. Friend's Questions on 16th March, my right hon. Friend the Minister of State said that in connection with a recent employment survey over 11,500 returns were processed. These included about 250 with figures for short-time but not for overtime and about 8,400 with figures for overtime but not for short-time. Of the remaining 2,850, only 600 showed both overtime and short-time. The remainder showed neither.

The circumstances in which firms have both overtime and short-time will vary with individual cases; it is possible for example, that a firm with several departments might have overtime in one department and short-time in another. I consider that these matters are best dealt with locally where all the factors are known and I do not propose to write to the firms concerned.