§ Mr. Jenkins
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average number of working hours per week is for full-time UK workers; what information she collates on the EU average for full-time workers; and what plans she has to move the UK average closer to the EU average. 
§ Alan Johnson
The average number of working hours per week for all full-time workers in the UK was 44.2 in 2000. This data was collected from the EU Labour Force Survey, which is also used to determine the EU average for full-time workers.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will be leading a tour, later this year, to examine working practices in the US and in EU member states.