§ Mr. Burden
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if the working time directive applies to(a) all public sector employees and (b) employees of the privatised utilities. 
Mr. John M. Taylor
[holding answer 10 February 1997]: The directive applies to all sectors of activity, both public and private, with certain exceptions. These exceptions cover: air; rail; road; sea; inland waterway and lake transport; sea fishing; other work at sea; the activities of doctors in training; and cases where characteristics peculiar to certain specific activities of the armed forces, police or civil protection services inevitably conflict with the directive.