§ 34. Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has information as to the percentage of employers and employés, respectively, in the cotton-spinning industry which is in favour of, or in opposition to, the provisions of the Cotton Spinning Industry Bill?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)
The scheme upon which the Bill is based was approved in October, 1934, by owners representing nearly two-thirds of the cotton-spinning industry. It is understood that the owners of about one-quarter of the industry are opposed to the Bill. I am unable to give any corresponding information regarding employés.
§ Mr. DAVIES
Has the right hon. Gentleman yet had any representations made to him, from the Unions covering the textile operatives, as to this Bill?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
Yes, Sir. We are doing all we can in that matter and communications and conferences are proceeding with the various interests.
§ Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
Has the right hon. Gentleman had any representations from Scottish employers?
§ Mr. CROSSLEY
Has the right hon. Gentleman any reason to believe that a lesser percentage of employers is now in favour of the Bill than was in favour of it previously?