HC Deb 28 July 2000 vol 354 c1017W
Mrs. Browning

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total number of days lost through strikes in the(a) ferry, (b) railway, (c) aviation, (d) motor manufacturing, (e) docks, (f) construction, (g) coal and (h) road haulage industries was in each year since 1992; [130541]

(2) how many unofficial strikes took place in the (a) ferry, (b) aviation, (c) railway, (d) road haulage, (e) construction, (f) coal, (g) docks and (h) motor manufacturing industries in each year since 1992; [130543]

(3) how many ballots for strike action there have been in the (a) construction, (b) road haulage, (c) coal, (d) docks, (e) motor manufacturing, (f) aviation, (g) railway and (h) ferry industries in each year since 1992. [130542]

Miss Melanie Johnson

[holding answer 17 July 2000]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mrs. Angela Browning, dated 28 July 2000As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your three recent questions about strikes. (130541/2/3) The table below shows the number of working days lost to labour disputes for the broad industry groups containing those industries in your questions. These statistics are not compiled at the level of industrial detail in your original request.

Number of working days lost due to labour disputes in the UK
Industry group
Year Transport,storage and communication Manufactureof transport equipment Construction Mining and quarrying
1992 13 16 10 8
1993 160 55 1 27
1994 110 24 5 1
1995 120 27 10
1996 884 43 8 2
1997 36 51 17 2
1998 139 26 13
1999 50 55 49


Office for National Statistics

The figures cover both official and unofficial disputes, although no distinction is made between the two.

Data are not collected about the number of ballots for strike action that have taken place.