HC Deb 04 February 1943 vol 386 c1027
15. Mr. Burke

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the shortage of labour in certain sections of the cotton industry; and whether he has any specific proposals to deal with the matter?

Mr. Bevin

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Reply I gave him on 17th December last, to which I have at present nothing to add.

Mr. Burke

Does that mean that further steps are in contemplation to relieve the situation in this industry, as in certain sections the position is very bad, and it is not desirable that such overtime should be worked?

Mr. Bevin

There are many questions arising in this matter—shipping, raw materials, allocations—and I have to relate the whole thing to the forward progress.