HC Deb 20 April 1937 vol 322 cc1577-8
41. Mr. Chorlton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give the figures illustrating the increase in the United States of the cotton trade; whether the figures are a new high record; and how they compare with the figures of this country?

Dr. Burgin

As regards the first and third parts of the question, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT some comparable particulars for each of the years ended 31st January, 1930 and 1935 to 1937. As regards the second part, the consumption of cotton in mills in the United States in the latest year was exceeded by that in the year ended 31st January, 1928.

Following are the particulars:

Table showing the quantity of cotton consumed in mills in the United States and Great Britain in the periods shown, according to statistics compiled by the International Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' and Manufacturers' Associations.

Year ended 31st January. United States. Great Britain.
'000 Bales. '000 Bales.
1930 6,904 2,775
1935 5,424 2,449
1936 5,661 2,604
1937 7,172 2,781