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Hours Of Work

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the occupations in which workers work a standard 48-hour week.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 29th November 1977; Vol. 940, c. 147], gave the following information:There is no generally accepted meaning of the term "standard week". Many workers regularly work a contractual week of 48 hours or more, with varying arrangements for compensation for the long working week.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list those occupations in which workers work shifts covering the 24-hour period but in which there is no premium payment for night shift.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 29th November 1977; Vol. 940, c. 147], gave the following information:In most shift systems covering a full 24-hour day, there is no premium payment for the night shift. Such regular night working is generally taken into account when the rates of wages and salaries are determined. Comprehensive detailed information of all such schemes is not available, but they cover a wide range of non-manual and manual occupations in both production and service industries.