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Lost Working Days

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the number of working days lost in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom as a result of (i) accidents and illness at work and (ii) strike action in each year since 1978.

Table 1 shows the available information for the estimated number of days of certified incapacity resulting from compensated industrial accidents and prescribed diseases in Scotland and in Great Britain. This information is available only up to April 1983 when industrial injury benefit was effectively abolished.

Table 1
Year (June to May)Number of Days (millions)
ScotlandGreat Britain
1977–781·815·6
1978–791·715·5
1979–801·513·0
1980–811·310·9
1981–821·210·8
11982–831·09·5
1 Year ending 31 March 1983
Table 2 shows the number of working days lost due to industrial disputes in Scotland and Great Britain.
Table 2
Number of Days (thousands)
YearScotlandGreat Britain
19788869,141
19793,26828,744
19801,44711,915
19815994,197
19826345,216

Number of Days (thousands)

Year

Scotland

Great Britain

19833083,675
19842,33327,083
19856816,362
19863121,890

Notes:

1 The statistics relate to stoppages of work due to industrial disputes connected with terms and conditions of employment. Stoppages involving fewer than ten workers or lasting less than one day are excluded unless the total number of working days lost in the dispute is greater than 100.

2 The information is regularly published in the Department of Employment Gazette.

Figures for Northern Ireland are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.