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.
|Year (June to May)||Number of Days (millions)|
|1 Year ending 31 March 1983|
|Number of Days (thousands)|
Number of Days (thousands)
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.