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Government Building Programme (Sunday Work)

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works why the Emergency Powers (Defence) Building and Civil Engineering Contracting (Hours of Employment) Order (S.R. & O., No. 1454, of 1943) permits Sunday work every other week; and why no explanatory memorandum is attached to this Order?

In view of the urgent necessity for maintaining output on the Government building programme, my Noble Friend, after consultation with the Industry, decided to continue the practice of previous years, whereby work proceeds on alternate Sundays between November and February, when the hours of daylight are short. An explanatory memorandum was not attached to the Order, as its purpose was considered to be sufficiently clear.