I read recently that during the Second World War a seven-day working week was experimented with. In May 1941 the Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin, told the House of Commons that it had been found that despite seven-day production in arms factories, production had not increased. Later that same year a Commons committee reported: 'No man can work seven days a week and maintain his output.' I hope that the present House of Commons will note these things when it votes on Wednesday.
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