HC Deb 06 April 1925 vol 182 cc1806-7
41. Colonel WOODCOCK

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total value of lace and embroidery exported from this country for the year 1914 and also for the last completed year; and will he give the number of persons employed in this industry for the year 1914 and the last year?


The answer contains a number of figures, and my hon. and gallant Friend will perhaps agree to its being circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The particulars asked for with regard to cotton and silk lace are as follows:

1914. 1924.
£ £
Cotton lace and plain net and articles thereof (except embroidery) 3,486,723 2,498,312
Silk lace and mixed (silk and other materials) lace and articles thereof (except embroidery) 84,011 76,234
Exports of embroidery and needlework (except linen embroidery) in 1924 were valued at £110,634. A comparable figure for 1914 is not available. With regard to the latter part of the question, the estimated number of insured persons in the lace industry in Great Britain and Northern Ireland was 20,330 in July last year, and 20.6 per cent. of this number were unemployed at the end of the year. Comparable figures for 1914 are not available.