§ 45. Mr. Parris
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many days were lost through strikes in the first two months of the current year; and how this compares with the first two months of 1968 and 1976.
§ Mr. Waddington
Following is the available information. These figures do not reflect the trend in industrial disputes for which a continuous run of years is required.299W
Working days lost through industrial stoppages Thousands January February 1968 157 268 1976 324 240 1981 *213 †
† The provisional figure for February 1981 will be published on 27 March in the Employment Gazette which will be available in the House of Commons Library.