HC Deb 19 January 1937 vol 319 cc25-6
55. Mr. Hopkin

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the long depression in the weaving industry carried on in and round Drefach, Henllan, Carmarthenshire; and what plans are in hand to revive this industry or to assist the weavers to produce other commodities?

Dr. Burgin

I have been asked to reply. I am informed that several mills in or near Drefach were closed down some 12 or 15 years ago, but that, partly owing to Admiralty contracts placed last year, the remaining mills are now fully employed. The technical advisory service of the University of Wales, which receives grants from the Development Commissioners, and the design service of the Rural Industries Bureau, are helping the Welsh textile industry to extend the range of its products. I understand that, as a result of this assistance, the position of the industry generally has been improving.

Mr. Hopkin

Will the Minister see that the mills in this district get a share of Army contracts?

Dr. Burgin

I think that that is another question, which might be borne in mind.