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Lost Working Hours

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many hours of work in the United Kingdom were lost as a result of industrial action in each year since 1997. (229383)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated October 2008:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on how many hours of work in the United Kingdom have been lost as a result of industrial action in each year since 1997.1 am replying in her absence. (229383)

The Office for National Statistics does not collect information on the number of hours of work lost as a result of industrial action, but does produce estimates of the number of working days lost.

The Office for National Statistics compiles monthly labour disputes statistics for the UK. They exclude disputes that do not result in a stoppage of work, and stoppages involving fewer than ten workers or lasting less than one day, unless the total number of working days lost in the dispute is 100 or more.

Table 1 attached provides estimates of working days lost in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2007.

Working days lost (United Kingdom)

Number

1997

235

1998

282

1999

242

2000

499

2001

525

2002

1,323

2003

499

2004

905

2005

157

2006

755

2007

1,041