asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for each year from 1945 to 1980 the number of disputes and working days lost for the following sectors of the economy, giving both absolute amounts and rates per 1,000 employees: (a) central Government, (b local government, (c) nationalised industries, (d) other public sector, (e) private sector and (f) for the United Kingdom as a whole.
The information requested, which is for 864 separate figures, could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Some details of the number of industrial stoppages recored and working days lost in total for the years 1960 to 1980, and incidence rates of days lost per 1,000 employees by industry for the years 1977 to 1980, are published in an annual article in the July 1981 issue of the Department of Employment Gazette. Data for earlier years on the total numbers of stoppages and working days lost in the United Kingdom are given in "British Labour Statistics: Historical Abstract 1886–1968". Both publications are available in the House of Commons Library.