HC Deb 14 March 1978 vol 946 cc184-5W
Mr. Lee

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give an estimate of the number of new jobs that would be created if all overtime were to be abolished in areas where unemployed persons in the same job classification as those where overtime exists are living; which six main occupations would be most favourably affected; and if he will make a statement on the measures currently being taken to reduce overtime.

Mr. Golding

My Department's overtime statistics relate only to operations in manufacturing industry and are not analysed by areas below regions or by occupations. According to the latest returns, a total of 15,980,000 hours overtime was

Hours of overtime worked Jobs equivalent of overtime worked* Unemployed total at 10th November 1977
South East and East Anglia 4,691.4 117.3 377.0
SouthWest 975.9 24.4 116.0
West Midlands 1,999.2 50.0 131.7
East Midlands 1,224.4 30.6 72.2
Yorkshire and Huffiberside 1,830.9 45.8 122.7
North West 2,298.1 57.5 215.9
North 892.1 22.3 1190
Wales 517.1 12.9 91.1
Scotland 1,550.9 38.8 185.2
GREAT BRITAIN 15,9800 399.5 1,430.8
* On the assumption that a job is created in place of each 40 hours of overtime worked.

Overtime is regarded as a matter for negotiation between unions and management in each industry. My right hon. Friend will be making a statement about employment measures in due course.