HC Deb 28 March 1938 vol 333 c1626
51. Mr. Gordon Macdonald

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of cotton mills in Lancashire that have closed down since July, 1931?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Euan Wallace)

According to the returns received in connection with the Surveys of Industrial Development, which have been held only since 1932, the net reduction during the years 1932 to 1937 in the number of establishments in Lancashire engaged in cotton spinning or weaving amounted to 214