HC Deb 15 October 2002 vol 390 cc598-9W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if she will state the(a) number and (b) percentage of days lost to strike action in the (i) private sector and (ii) public sector in each year since 1997. [74385]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Tim Yeo, dated 15 October 2002: As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question about the number of days lost due to industrial action in the private and public sector each year since 1997. (74385) There are no statistics specifically for the public sector but figures on the public administration; education and health industries provide most of the information on the public sector as it is today. In the table below the data for these sectors Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 75, 80 and 85 are presented alongside data for the rest of the economy.

Working days lost due to UK labour disputes
Public administration education and health industries SIC 75, 80, 85 Rest of Economy
No of days lost 000'S % of total days lost No of days lost 000's % of total days lost
1997 65 28 170 72
1998 50 18 232 82
1999 66 27 176 73
2000 221 44 278 56
2001 331 63 194 37