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Returns (Short-Time Working)

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 27 March 1952

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the recorded figures of workpeople temporarily stopped do not reflect the true position; that most of the short-time working in the city of Carlisle occurs at the end of each week; and if he will consider recording the figures on other week-days.

These figures do not purport to give the number of workers who are temporarily stopped at any time in a week, but the numbers temporarily stopped on a particular day. For this purpose Monday is as good as any other day over the country as a whole, though in Carlisle at the moment a higher figure would be obtained by a count on Friday. To take the count every day of the week would involve a disproportionate amount of staff time. Returns are obtained, however, at quarterly intervals showing the number of workers on short-time in the manufacturing industries.