§ Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the estimated number of days in the year ended 31st December 1975 in which men in the Royal naval dockyards were idle because of the lack of continuity in naval support work.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
There is no overall lack of continuity in naval support work in the dockyards, but the nature of the work and the varying demands on the various trades mean that there is always a small number of men who are temporarily unoccupied. In the calendar year 1975, recorded waiting in the Royal Dockyards was equivalent to 3.5 per cent. of ordinary time.