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Germany

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 27 April 1949

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Working Week

5.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about the proposal to introduce a seven-day week in Germany, in the light of the practice of trade unionism; and, in view of the interference with Sunday observance, which would be caused.

Working arrangements of this nature are a matter for determination by employers and trade unions, subject to any restrictions imposed by German law. No proposal has been made to introduce a seven-day week generally in German industry. The possibility has been examined of introducing seven-day operation in selected plants in the iron and steel industry with the object of obtaining increased and more balanced production but it has been decided that the time is not opportune for such a measure.

Occupation Costs

8.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what sum the population of Western Germany are expected to contribute towards the Army of Occupation in 1949.

This information is not yet available. The estimates for Occupation costs and other requirements of the Forces of Occupation in Western Germany for the financial year which began on 1st April, 1949, are still under consideration by the Military Governors.