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Absenteeism

Volume 395: debated on Thursday 2 December 1943

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is now in a position to give for the period 1st January to 31st October the percentage of shifts lost by coalface wage-earners and by all wage-earners, respectively, giving separate figures for voluntary and involuntary absence?

Information regarding the number of shifts worked each week by wage-earners employed at the coalface was not collected prior to the establishment of my Ministry and is consequently not available in respect of the years 1940, 1941 and 1942. The figures for the first three-quarters of the year 1943 and for the four weeks ended 30th October, 1943, are as follow:

Average number of shifts worked per wage-earner per week employed at the coal face.
District.Jan.-March, 1943.April-June, 1943.July-Sept., 1943.Jan.-Sept., 1943.4 weeks ended 30th October, 1943.
Scotland5.555.504.955.345.52
Northumberland4.904.634.614.724.96
Durham4.964.694.754.805.04
S. Wales and Mon.4.954.714.494.724.89
Yorkshire4.744.504.354.534.73
N. Derbyshire4.834.604.454.634.82
Nottinghamshire4.584.384.214.394.63
S. Derbyshire5.365.165.245.255.26
Leicestershire5.184.885.125.065.25
Cannock Chase4.954.694.734.794.97
Warwickshire4.464.164.294.314.51
Lanes, and Cheshire5.224.894.684.935.17
North Staffs.4.564.294.044.304.33
Cumberland5.244.794.934.995.18
North Wales5.004.834.524.794.87
South Staffs.4.644.404.454.504.63
Shropshire4.874.694.494.694.91
Bristol5.214.885.055.055.21
Forest of Dean4.784.564.314.554.81
Somerset5.245.044.935.075.33
Kent4.544.334.194.354.38
GREAT-BRITAIN4.964.734.564.754.95